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#1 bragadocchio

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:41 AM

How might your site look on a proxy that rewrites and reformats your pages so that it shows up well on a PDA?

Check this page from Google out, and find out:

http://www.google.com/gwt/n?

(via Fortune Interactive)

It looks like the forum has some issues on this when it comes to posting responses to threads. If you have forms on your site, how does it handle those?

#2 cre8pc

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:59 AM

This is neat! It reminds me of the

Opera Mini Simulator

I'm finding that text oriented sites do really well in mobile devices, while those with images are harder to view in the smaller space.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 01:24 PM

It's interesting - although it does some rather strange things. On one page I tested, it chopped off the bottom half of the page. On another, it put the navigation into this strange configuration where I had to click to access the navigation information - but when I clicked on the link, it removed the content and ONLY displayed the navigation.

It appears that what it's done is placed the navigation into it's own page, accessible by this extra link. I find this really awkward, frankly!

(Especially since it didn't actually work on every page I tested...)

A bit buggy, I think -

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 01:37 PM

That's certainly an intriguing proxy. However it breaks down if you have a web page that has style sheets for both desktop (screen) and PDA (handheld). This proxy disregards the style sheet for handheld and converts the web page that results from using the screen style-sheet.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 01:37 PM

This is neat! It reminds me of the

Opera Mini Simulator


That is sooooo cool!! Oooops I mean thats soooo web 2.0!!

#6 yannis

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 03:13 PM

Does not look very nice! Back to the drawing board!

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#7 Wit

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 03:23 PM

It even makes sense of my MSIE5 framed site. No JS alas LOL. But still quite acceptable.

But I still wonder if people will REALLY see it like this. Guess I'll just have to double-check :)

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 03:37 PM

Wow!!!! MY business site is HORRIBLE!!!!!!

Gotta adjust!

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Posted 08 September 2006 - 02:17 AM

In fact, the best solution is to download the various SDK and simulators of mobiles platforms : Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian, and Wap simulators.

See also http://www.yospace.com/spedemo.html

I made a post in french some time ago showing several screenshot on various devices : http://s.billard.fre...efices-concrets

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 09:32 AM

Some of my sites look better in the tool :)

Time to stop putting off those redesigns!

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 08:46 AM

He he I know this post has gone off the boil a little, but I just wanted to add that:

A quick fix would be to specify your print css to be used by handhelds.

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/print.css" media="print, handheld" />

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#12 sebastienbillard

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:30 AM

Except if you hide the navigational elements in your print CSS :D

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 05:15 AM

Good Point sebastienbillard :angry:

So you can simply copy the print css, unhide the links, and rename it. then specify the resultant css for handhelds. - still a pretty quick fix. :)

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 07:08 AM

Good approach, TreV.

You may have a problem with the format of the navigational links on the web page. You could use the hide / display codes to make the handheld CSS sheet pick up a different navigation from the screen CSS sheet. That wouldn't complicate the process too much.


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