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Subject: Re: UKNM: WAP Numbers
From: James Closs
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 10:02:32 GMT

>WAP = Betamax (not even in the spell checker)

>Its expensive, slow, ugly (in tech terms too) and will be had over by the
>new phones using HTML and bigger screens with OS's like WindowsCE/DOTnet.

Actually Betamax was a technically superior solution to VHS - VHS won
the 'war' due to product uptake by manufacturers and good marketing.
We might find WAP does the same thing. Superior product doesn't
always mean vast consumer uptake (witness Mac/PC, VHS/Beta,

Also, forgive me for being pedantic but WAP is an access protocol -
WML is the markup language. It will be possible to deliver far more
superior interactive experiences over WAP technology using additions
or extensions to the WML language, J2ME content etc etc. HTTP 1.0 is
actually a pretty shite protocol for delivering web content but it's
done the job for over 10 years. HTTP 1.1 is a vast improvement - but
does anyone use it?


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