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Howard Ralston
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Hello All,

We are developing a website for a large client with separate property sections. For instance, a property may have approximately 60 sub pages. Now we are asked to look into creating a scaled down mobile version of the same site, with approximately 10 sub pages per property.

My question is: What is the best way to approach this? Should we set up a subdomain such as mobile.mysite.com or set up a separate directory such as mysite.com/mobile/? Should we set up some kind of filter to convert the resultant HTML to WML? Currently we use Struts with Tiles on the front end.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Howard
 
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Good questions. Do you have any say over the phone web browser that they use? Opera does a great job of converting regular web pages into readible pages on devices.

I'd also suggest getting the book Nokia Wireless Hacks from O'Reilly, it has a big section on just your question. It shows how you can create your own portal for your phone at websites like Yahoo, etc. Not that that answers your question, but it does point out other options. But it also has a section on WML.

It all depends on the information you want displayed and how complex it is. For the most part the actual current site probably won't look good on the device, since it was not created at a time when mobile devices where an option.

Mark
 
Howard Ralston
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Thanks, Mark.
No, we have no control as it will be used by the general public (those rascals). I did find this on IBM DeveloperWorks Retrofit your Web pages for wireless compatibility.
It has some good info provided we can follow the XHTML route.
 
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