Wap site flaws may hit services

Cliff Saran

Cliff Saran

A UK test of wireless application protocol (Wap) sites has revealed fundamental implementation flaws that would cause services to fail on certain handsets.

In a survey of 50 Wap sites conducted by testing specialist, 28% of sites interpreted the Wap Mark-up Language in different ways. The testing firm said that the inconsistencies were serious enough to stop users viewing pages and completing transactions.

The problem, said James Pearce, UK director at AnywhereYouGo.Com, concerned the ways Wap-enabled mobile phones and Wap gateway technology interpreted Wap standards. "All Wap phones currently for sale have teething problems."

A Nokia spokesman agreed that some handsets and Wap servers deviated from the Wap 1.1 standard. He said Wap is a new environment and implementation problems could be encountered.

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