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RE: The 'image/svg+xml' Media Type

From: Ian Tindale <ian_tindale@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 13:07:46 +0100
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Odd, earlier this morning I was staring blankly into middle distance and my eye caught the old hardback Wiley book "Programming Applications with WAP". WAP - Wireless Application Protocol - yes, there's that word again - 'Application'.

It reminded me of one of the leverage arguments I used to use to convince people that WAP isn't a waste of time, isn't inferior to the web and is appropriate to certain usages as long as you don't simply try and replicate a web site mentality. It goes along the lines of: in creating a wap 'site', you're really not creating a 'site' at all - it's not someone's home page. You're creating an 'application' - a wireless application. 

Using WML (and WMLscript, and perhaps server side magic), it's nevertheless more useful to see what you've created as an application, and not simply a deck of WML cards in a few XML documents that could be mistaken for an inferior version of what a web page could've done. Yeh, right.

As we head away from browser/website paradigms, we could term commonly found things like PHP-driven forum sites as an 'application' more than a document.

Ian Tindale
Received on Wednesday, 19 June 2002 08:07:58 UTC

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