Motorola and Opera team on Wap-HTML browser

Motorola and Norway's Opera Software are to offer products for mobile phone browsers using both HTML and Wap.

Motorola and Norway's Opera Software are to offer products for mobile phone browsers using both HTML and Wap.

The WAP software stack from a browser developed by Motorola's Global Software Group will be combined with Opera's HTML browser software. .

"There are a lot of services out there that have been made on WAP and we feel the combination is very important," said Opera chief executive officer Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner. The browser will be designed to work on operators' existing Wap infrastructure while enabling HTML content.

Opera's full HTML browser supports standard HTML and "street HTML", Opera's nickname for the nonstandard HTML code used in many websites, as well as the XHTML (extensible HTML) standard used in mobile devices based on Wap, and the cHTML (compact HTML) standard used in I-mode technology.

Motorola has already been working "for a number of months" on the project and will each license the resulting products to operators and other mobile companies sometime this year.

Opera will provide the browser part of the product while Motorola will provide the communications stack, including the MMS client. As part of the agreement, Opera will also license Motorola's WAP browser and MMS device client to customers as individual products.

Laura Rohde writes for IDG News Service 

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