As we dig deeper into the trends of new
media, we are challenged by the technology of wireless and the "best
practices" to produce user interfaces for a plethora of cell
phones, PDAs, handheld devices and the next gadget around the corner
to surf data online. Our preliminary findings are that a wireless
development project is a 100% effort of the QA team with all of
the different variables needing to be tested.
XML is proven to be the choice of the developer
masses when delivering information to the wireless community. This
is the easy answer. The eCommerce side of the issue has its own
unique set of server hurdles to get over. XML is unique in that
you can specify a server function or target a specific handheld
device to receive your message. XML also has advantages of being
able to produce new code standards on the fly for device recognition
or as the need develops. But what is more important to a project,
which device is the most popular with your target base or which
one is the most stable environment to develop for?
The best way to design for tomorrow's technology
for today's medium is to keep screens brief and to the point. Of
course, wireless web applications are in use today but the come
at no small undertaking or cost. If budget is not an issue then
the world can be at your fingertips.
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