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Re: Mandating respect of some heuristics?

From: Francois Daoust <fd@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2008 11:13:59 +0100
Message-ID: <4933B8E7.8090104@w3.org>
To: Tom Hume <Tom.Hume@futureplatforms.com>
CC: public-bpwg-ct <public-bpwg-ct@w3.org>

Tom Hume wrote:
> Possibly spanners re inferring mobility and therefore "do not transform" 
> from a text/vnd.wap.wml content-type:
> 1. Whilst WML content-types are 99.999% mobile, I do know that Sky in 
> the UK used WML to deliver third-party content for their interactive TV 
> service. I don't know if others have done the same: taking WML and using 
> it in other contexts beyond mobile. I'd (personally) be happy to assume 
> WML = mobile.

"interactive TV" still fits my definition of "mobile", but I suppose one 
may argue.

> 2. Do all mobile devices support WML? If not thenis there a potential 
> role for transcoders to play here, bringing WML content to mobile 
> devices not capable of rendering it?

I am a bit skeptical that there exists such a need. I think most of the 
mobile developers who authored WML content now also author XHTML-like 
content, or are at least aware of mobile devices that do not support WML.


> On 27 Nov 2008, at 08:44, Rotan Hanrahan wrote:
>> However, regarding the four "heuristics" that were listed, I'm not 
>> sure if they should be considered as heuristics. These are very strong 
>> indicators of intent. There is no sense of "guesswork" here. If any of 
>> the four hold true, it is necessary to record that the retrieved (or 
>> referenced) content is intentionally for mobile, unless there is some 
>> bug/error. So barring bugs/errors, the four are really *rules*, not 
>> heuristics, surely?
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