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Hi GM1234. Thank you for your response.
My reply below is in no way meant to
be critical to your points, which I find
useful as a way of continuing to elaborate
my thoughts in this discussion.

[ Background: Rubic complains that it's
presently difficult for small developers
to supply wireless content via a WAP
gateway, and further maintains that this
is a potential problem with a rollout of
WAP-enabled applications.]

> Some middleware vendors are getting into this
> market, on the theory that they'll be able to
> develop a gateway which can mediate between
> the limited capabilities of a WAP-based browser,
> and the richer world found on the Internet.

First, for my particular domain, a viable
alternative to WAP is a PDA outfitted with
a cellular modem. This technology is available
today, and requires fairly minimal tweaking
on my end. Metricom offers another simple
alternative, but it isn't yet available in
most areas. I think WAP offers some potential
advantages, but it will have to remove what
I consider a fundamental barrier -- cheap
access to clients via a WAP gateway.

Second, I have no problems designing applications
that meet the criteria for a WAP-based browser.
I just don't like the idea of using WAP middleware
on technical or economic grounds.

> Have you had any success with the developer
> relations programs of any of the middleware
> participants in the WAP Forum?

My interests are not aligned with the interests
of the middleware vendors. I want a cheap wireless
conduit to deliver content. I'm willing to
consider modifying the delivery system to adopt
WAP conventions, in anticipation of large numbers
of WAP users. I'm probably not willing to
consider paying extra (in comparison to using
cellular modems, Metricom, etc.) to risk being an
early adopter with a (presently) limited market.

Most likely, WAP will be eventually used by the
cellular masses. Horizontal applications (email,
stock quotes, instant messages) will probably
pave the way for cheap content delivery by vertical
apps. When that day arrives, a wider array of WAP
services will soon follow.


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