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Re: ways to view cHTML pages on www ? / Aug 5th

From: Gerhard Fasol <fasol@eurotechnology.com>
Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2000 14:27:20 +0900
Message-ID: <398CF737.3896FBC2@eurotechnology.com>
To: www-mobile@w3.org
Cc: fasol@eurotechnology.com
> Are there www sites or gateways which display 'compact
> HTML' versions of large numbers of pages so that they
> can be seen _as a DoCoMo i-mode handset user would see
> them_ ?
> Perhaps a cHTML simulator ?
> Many thanks, Mark Griffith, Budapest


Quick answer: no, but...

Here is a more detailed answer:

(a) you can get a rough idea of cHTML pages by looking at
them with any Japanese language enabled web browser.
Try looking at our pages as a test:
(b) when using a Japanese enabled webbrowser, you need to
keep in mind that DoCoMo uses a range of special symbols
(for example for Japanese hot spring baths) etc which
are encoded and will not display properly even on a 
Japanese enabled browser (on my browser these special
symbols just appear as a "?" question mark). Since you
can achieve special effects by combining these special
characters, you can't make site design without understanding them.
(c) at the moment 99.99% of the users are Japanese people,
and 97% of them do not speak English. Therefore even if
such a site/gateway would exist you would still need to
learn to read Japanese which takes anything from 1 - 10
years unless you are from China or another Chinese-character
(d) there are one or two (japanese language) simulators around
(e) there are many different models of DoCoMo imode handsets,
with quite different specs. Some are b/w only, some are color,
screen sizes differ, in autumn JAVA-enabled handsets will be
introduced etc. Some accept animated gifs, some don't etc.
You'd need to keep this in mind.
(f) you can find more information about imode here:

Hope this helps,

Gerhard Fasol
Eurotechnology Japan K. K.
Received on Sunday, 6 August 2000 01:27:35 UTC

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