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Chapter 25. Developing for Wireless Devices > WML, XHTML-Basic, and CHTML

WML, XHTML-Basic, and CHTML

It may be helpful to take a moment and examine the way wireless Web pages work with phones, using WML (Wireless Markup Language) as an example. WML pages can be created and output by virtually any Web server or application server. There is no black magic involved there; however, there is some black magic in the process of how your phone accesses that server. First of all, a microbrowser-equipped phone does not directly access the Web server that creates the WML pages. Instead, the phone makes a call back to the mobile service provider. They maintain a special set of servers called WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) gateways. The WAP gateway acts as a sort of proxy Web browser, and it is what accesses the Web server with the request generated by the phone. The WAP gateway takes the resulting WML page that the Web server provides, translates it into something that the phone understands, and transmits it back to the user over the mobile phone network.

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