Re: WAP White Paper

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Date: Tue Sep 26 2000 - 09:37:50 PDT


Thank you for the input. I agree with most of what you've said.

However, I do think that there will be many clients in the future and that there will be a range of clients from phones to PDA's to your oven to your PC. What I was trying to outline in the paper is a method to distinguish the independent variables which compose the way a user interacts with a device. I don't think there is any magic or even a great amount of art in interacting with machines. We open communication channels by seeing, touching, saying, etc.

Though the method I've pointed out is crude, I think it's important to recognize that:
    1. The interaction between a human being and a machine interface can be quantified (at least by a reasonable approximation)
    2. There will be many clients to content that will live on "The Network".
    3. We need a system to measure interactions between the user and the clients which present the data in the network.

I do agree with you that the devices will change. The interface to a lot of these devices will become voice driven. Current clients to the information living on "The Network" will become more advanced, thereby allowing for more "communication channels" to the user. At the same time, many devices will begin to interact with the network and present an interface to the user ( such as your refrigerator :-) ). I think that There will always be a range of devices in the user interface capabilities offered. It's just that the devices themselves will change. Somewhere, on some device, there will always be bandwidth limitations, display limitations, cpu limitations, etc.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Damien Morton
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  Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 8:55 AM
  Subject: RE: WAP White Paper

  Cute - Doing dynamic programming to optimise the selection of user interface modules used to deliver content to a variety of devices. Optimise for minimum keystrokes.
  This is not a technology I am looking forward to working with. Getting something to display in 2 browsers on 2 platforms on screens 800x600x16 is difficult enough.
  Trying to create a mechanism whereby the same content (transformed, of course) can be made to work on devices with 100x60x1 screens, telephone keypads and 9.6Kbit bandwidth through devices with 320x200x16 screens, stylus and/or keyboard, 9.6-64Kbit+ bandwidth, and on to 800x600x16 etc etc with 56K modems etc etc. Not fun at all. It just wont work. Sorry. You are just going ot have to have a couple of departments full of people - one for the small screen experience and one for the big screen experience.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: []
    Sent: Monday, September 25, 2000 6:27 PM
    Subject: WAP White Paper


    A while back I posted something about a white paper on wireless development. Some of you showed some interest in reading it. I am looking forward to hearing your constructive critisims as I know that there are a lot of you on this list who know a lot more than I do.

    With that said, this is the preliminary draft. Please send me your thoughts on it.

    Reza B'Far

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