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October 29, 2005

Mobile Transcoding Sites

Really good info on mobile browsers and Phonifier here.

Phonifier is an open source mobile transcoder. Like loband, I wasn’t able to get it to work with any of several phones and emulators from Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola and Openwave. In all cases I got either a blank screen or a screen with some text but missing the text field for entering the target url and/or the submit button. I think the problem is that Phonifier uses the same html page for both mobile and desktop browsers. There are separate stylesheets for media=’screen’ and media=’handheld’. The handheld stylesheet makes all of the extraneous text invisible. Mobile browser support for media=’handheld’ is still very limited and apparently none of the browsers I’m using support it correctly. This is a pretty inefficient way to make a mobile page as the browser still has to download a lot of content that it ends up throwing away. A better solution would be to have a separate mobile specific homepage with it’s own url. I was able to see how Phonifier is supposed to work by using Firefox and the Web Developer extension to force the use of the handheld stylesheet. I was also able to load the site on the Access Smartphone browser but even here the browser did not use the handheld stylesheet!. Fortunately, only the initial Phonifier page where you enter the url you want to transcode has this problem.


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Posted on October 29, 2005 02:40 AM by Firefo84.
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