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WAP: “Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an open, global specification that empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and services instantly.”

If you want to check existing WML pages in your tread-of-the-mill web browser, you will probably like these WAP emulators and browsers:

YourWap’s Wireless Companion

http://www.yourwap.com/

Ericsson WAP Toolkit

http://www.ericsson.com/developerszone/

Nokia WAP Toolkit

http://www.forum.nokia.com/developers/wap/wap.html

WinWAP Windows Based WML Browser

http://www.slobtrot.com/winwap/index.htm

Gelon

http://www.gelon.net/

Also on Gelon’s resources site, read what you will need by way of devices and applications to develop in WML, the markup language for WAP devices:

http://www.gelon.net/dev/

More on WAP is available here: http://www.allwap.com

For a quick-an-dirty online WAP site generator check out: http://www.wapdrive.net

More WAP resources: AllWap/Wapped

http://www.allwap.com

http://www.wapped.nl/links/

Wap Service

http://www.wapservice.com/

WebCab

http://www.webcab.de/

WAPtastic/AnywhereYouGo

http://www.waptastic.com/application/default.asp

http://www.anywhereyougo.com/ayg/ayg/Index.po

Finally, here’s a list of WAP search engines. While it doesn’t specifically mention WAP, TechWeb reports that Inktomi (the world’s largest, albeit least PR credited, search engine) is pushing into the wireless market with a vengeance:

http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20000314S0004 After both Alltheweb/FAST and Google have now joined in the fray, expect more major players to roll in soon.

FAST

http://wap.fast.no/

GOOGLE

http://wap.google.com/

WAPAW

http://wapaw.com/

WAPLY

http://www.waply.com/

WAPUSEEK

http://www.wapuseek.com/

WAPWARP

http://wapwarp.com/

Last but not least, here’s a newly launched search engine portal also featuring WAP engines – this one is updated frequently, so you may wish to bookmark it: http://searchenginebase.com/

Ralph Tegtmeier is the co-founder and principal of
fantomaster.com GmbH (Belgium), < http://fantomaster.com/ >,
a company specializing in webmasters software development,
industrial-strength cloaking and search engine positioning
services.

He has been a web marketer since 1994 and is
editor-in-chief of fantomNews, a free newsletter
focusing on search engine optimization, available at:
< http://Fantomaster.com/fantomnews-sub.html >
You can contact him at
mailto:fneditor@fantomaster.com

To WAP or Not to WAP


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