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Now that there are so many wireless devices with quite capable web browsers and reasonable Internet connections, it would be interesting to gather some experience on how TWiki sites can support wireless clients. Fortunately, TWiki's low client requirements make it quite easy to do this.

Some issues are:

  • Alternative templates for wireless users (to fit screen and reduce data transfer charges)
  • Conformance to XHTML Mobile profile (part of WAP 2.0, which is shipping in recent phones such as the Ericsson T68i)
  • Performance issues
  • Suitable web browsers for use with TWiki on various platforms such as PalmOS, PocketPC, smartphones (Nokia 9210, Ericsson P800), feature phones (Ericsson T68), etc.

I've tested quite a few web browsers for PalmOS devices, and found that Xiino is one of the best - it shows TWiki sites in a reasonably accurate way and I have managed to edit a TWiki page using it. EudoraWeb is also good if you want to bypass graphical sites but I have not tested it with TWiki.

I'm mainly interested in using HTML browsers with TWiki - I've had real problems trying to use WAP over a couple of years, on two different phones and on PalmOS devices - see TWikiViaWap for more about this.

Does anyone else have experience of this? Accessing an intranet TWiki from a wireless device could provide significant benefits for knowledge sharing and other TWiki applications.

-- RichardDonkin - 18 Jun 2002

I suppose no-one else is interested in this, but it makes a great TWiki demo :)... I now have a SonyEricsson P800 smartphone which is very nice and displays TWiki pages OK - the built-in browser has a problem with editing pages (doesn't POST results of edit properly).

OperaBrowser on Symbian works fine for browsing and editing of TWiki sites and is a free download for the P800.

-- RichardDonkin - 11 Apr 2003

For me, it would be great to access TWiki topics in a read only mode from my SonyEricsson T68i. This phone has a small color screen, and web browsing is WAP / text only. The best idea I've had so far would be to create a skin for mobile devices. The skin would strip out all but the most important information. Use of the skin would be determined by a test of the browser.

Sounds pie in the sky, I know. But I'll bet it could be done.

-- KeithHelfrich - 18 May 2004

Opera Mini is now available on almost any mobile phone that supports Java games (i.e. J2ME). This works by putting a small Java program (midlet) on your phone, while talking to a server that runs a full OperaBrowser on your behalf.

The result is that virtually any modern mobile phone can use a full copy of Opera, which is a great browser that works well with TWiki. Opera is good at viewing complex sites not designed for small screens, including TWiki with typical skins.

This includes Palm devices such as the Treo 600/650 - just install the IBM Java virtual machine (JVM), available from Palm (Google:ibm+palm+java+treo). I've tried this on a Treo 600 and it works really well.

-- RichardDonkin - 02 Jan 2006

One of the problems with Opera Mini is that it only works for publically available web sites. So if you are running an intranet site you cannot use it. This is a bit of a limitation for me as the TWiki I'm using is internal.

-- BenScown - 01 Sep 2006

Related pages: ReadOnlyOfflineWiki, ReadWriteOfflineWiki, TWikiOnIpaq, TWikiViaWap, ViewTWikiOnPDA, TWikiOnSymbian
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