Webmasters Guide To The Wireless Internet - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781928994466, 9780080481715

Webmasters Guide To The Wireless Internet

1st Edition

Authors: Syngress
eBook ISBN: 9780080481715
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 3rd December 2001
Page Count: 608
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The wireless Web is a reality - don't get left behind!

The wireless Web is not a future dream. It is here today. Already, more than 20 million people have access the Internet through PDAs, mobile phones, pagers and other wireless devices.
What will people find on the Wireless Internet? This is the question that every Webmaster and Web developer is being challenged to answer. The Webmaster's Guide to the Wireless Internet provides the Wireless Webmaster with all of the tools necessary to build the next generation Internet. Packed with the essential information they need to design, develop, and secure robust, e-commerce enabled wireless Web sites. This book is written for advanced Webmasters who are experienced with conventional Web site design and are now faced with the challenge of creating sites that fit on the display of a Web enabled phone or PDA.

Key Features

The rapid expansion of wireless devices presents a huge challenge for Webmasters - this book addresses that need for reliable information There are lots of books for wireless developers - this is the first designed specifically for Webmasters Looks at security issues in a Wireless environment

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Moving from the Web to Wireless


Explaining Wireless

Types of Wireless Connectivity

Mobile Phones as Wireless Modems

Packet Switched Networks

Future Networks

Local and Personal Networks

Fixed Wireless Connectivity

Evolving Mobile Devices

Wireless Phones


Laptop Computers

Something Old, Something New

Old Stuff:The Existing Internet

New Stuff: Mobile Connectivity

Moving from a Wired to a Wireless Internet

Rethinking User Interface and Interaction

Recognizing Device Limitations

Adding Personalization


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 2 Wireless Architecture


Components of a Wireless Network

The WAP Browser

The WAP Gateway

The Web Server

Adjusting the Metaphor for the Wireless Internet

Considering the Mobile User

Complementing Your Web Offering

Accepting the Challenge of WAP-Enabled Devices

Determining Device Capabilities

Testing Your Application on Various Devices

Adopting Wireless Standards

Options in Markup Languages

Using Wireless Networks and Their Evolving Generations

Noting the Market for Wireless Browsers and Other Applications

WAP Browsers

Java2 Micro Edition

i-Mode and cHTML

Palm Query Application

Web Browser

Short Message Service


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 3 A New Markup: WML


A Brief History of Wireless Content

Developing the Intelligent Terminal Transfer Protocol

Developing the Handheld Device Markup Language

Developing the Tagged Text Markup Language

Forming the WAP Forum

Projecting Future Growth

WML Overview

Creating Well-Formed Documents

Creating Valid Documents

Using WML Syntax

Formatting Text

Understanding the Deck of Cards Paradigm

WML Elements

Adding Attributes

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Creating WML Content

Navigating within the Deck

Using Server-Side Programs to Create Dynamic WML

Using Openwave Extensions Introduce Context

WML Editors,WAP SDKs, and Emulators

WML Editors

Other Editors


WML Emulators


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 4 Enhancing Client-Side Functionality with WMLScript


What Is WMLScript

Not All Phones Support WMLScript

WMLScript Compilation

How WMLScript Interacts with WML

Understanding the Basic Elements of WMLScript

Examining WMLScript Syntax

Examining WMLScript Data Types

Examining WMLScript Operators

Examining WMLScript Control Structures

Using WMLScript Libraries

Functions in the Class Libraries

Learning to Interpret WMLScript

Dissecting the Code

Performing Mathematical Operations Using WMLScript

Dissecting the Code

Using WMLScript for Input Validation

Dissecting the Code

Credit Card Validation

The Credit Card Validating Algorithm

Dissecting the Code

Using WMLScript and Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP): Case Study

Designing the Application

Creating the Database

The WML Deck

Generating the WMLScript Program from ASP

Debugging the WMLScript

Lessons Learned

Debugging the Emulators

Emulators Are Relatively Unstable


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 5 Wireless Development Kits


The Openwave UP.SDK 4.1

Installing Openwave UP.SDK

Working with the Openwave UP.SDK

The Nokia WAP Toolkit 2.1

Installing Nokia’s WAP Toolkit

Working with the Nokia WAP Toolkit

The Motorola Mobile Application Development Kit 2.0

Installing the Motorola Mobile ADK

Using the Mobile ADK

Accessing Files through a Gateway

Debugging Techniques

The Ericsson Mobile Internet WAP-IDE 3.1

Installing the Ericsson Mobile WAP-IDE

Working with the Ericsson Mobile WAP-IDE

The Yospace SmartPhone Emulator 2.0

Installing the Yospace SmartPhone Emulator

Developing with the Yospace SmartPhone Emulator


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 6 Web Clipping


What Is Web Clipping

The Components of Web Clipping

What Types of Hardware Support Web Clipping

Palm VII/VIIx Connected via Mobitex

Other Handheld Devices Connected via CDPD

Palm-Compatible Handhelds Connected via the Mobile Internet Kit

Working with the Palm OS Emulator

Downloading and Installing the Emulator

Connecting the POSE to the Internet

Creating a Web Clipping Project with the WCA Builder


Web Clipping Basics

Unsupported Tags and Elements

Supported Tags and Elements

Web Clipping Extensions

Web Clipping in Action: Examples

Guidelines for Authoring your Web Clipping Application


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 7 Deck of Cards: Designing Small Viewpoint Content


Thinking In the Hand, not On the Web

Common Mistakes Made by Webmasters

Thinking Like a Mobile User

Stacking a Deck of Cards

Parceling Navigation and Content

Utilizing WML Variables

Examining Display Differences Between Browsers

UP.Browser Interpretation

Nokia Interpretation

4thPass Kbrowser Interpretation


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 8 Wireless Enabling Your Big Bandwidth Site


Defining WAP MIME Types

Selecting which MIME Types to Add

Adding MIME Types to Your Server Configuration

Detecting WAP Devices

Parsing Header Information

Redirecting Your Users to Static Content

Optimizing Content Distribution

Choosing Mobile Content

Convert or Redevelop

Delivering Wireless Data

Making Your Applications Accessible

Implementing Wireless Graphics

File Formats

Maintaining Accessibility

Converting Your Images


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 9 Microsoft Mobile Internet Toolkit


Overview of the .NET Mobile Architecture

Devices Supported by the Microsoft Mobile Internet Toolkit

System Requirements

Obtaining and Installing the Microsoft Mobile Internet Toolkit

Introduction to ASP.NET

The Content Components

The Code Components

ASP.NET Architecture

Developing Mobile Web Forms

Using Multiple Forms in a Single Page

Linking to Forms on Other Pages

User Inputs


Displaying Images

Validation Controls


Calendar Control

Accessing Data with ADO.NET

A Brief Look at ADO.NET

ADO.NET DataReader

ADO.NET Dataset


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 10 Securing Your Wireless Web


Comparing Internet and Wireless Security

Security Challenges of the Wireless Web

Lack of Standards

Horsepower, Bandwidth, and Weak Encryption

User Awareness and Unsecure Devices

Mistrust of Wireless ASPs

Potential for New Viruses

Understanding Your Security Objectives

Security Models of the Wireless Web

Public and Private Key Cryptography

WTLS and Point-to-Point Security Models

How WTLS Works

The Seven Layers of Point-to-Point Security

Problems of a Point-to-Point Security Model

PKI Technology and End-to-End Security Models

How to Deploy a PKI

Practical Limits of PKI Technology

Using PDAs with PKI Security

The Future of Security on the Wireless Web


Solutions Fast Track

Frequently Asked Questions

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