WebSphere Publisher gives IBM push in wireless space

IBM’s latest version of its Websphere Transcoding Publisher software promises enhances features designed to enhance wireless connectivity.

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By  Michelle Sturman Published  December 19, 2000

IBM’s latest version of its Websphere Transcoding Publisher software promises enhances features designed to enhance wireless connectivity.

As more workers become mobile, the market for handhelds and PDAs grows, and so too does the requirement for new and improved applications. IBM’s WebSphere Transcoding Publisher Version 3.5 is designed to enhance e-business connectivity for wireless devices through additional devices, more languages and formats, along with extra administrative functions.

“With WebSphere Transcoding Publisher, our customers can deliver Web content to handheld devices, opening up their businesses to a whole new generation of mobile users,” says Bashar Kilani, manager of IBM T&I Software Sales, MEA.

“Successful e-businesses know that information has to be accessible anytime, anywhere,” he adds.

WebSphere is built on Java, converting data and applications written in HTML and XML to other formats such as Wireless Markup Language (WML) and Handheld Device Markup Language (HDML). The software is based on open industry standards and is available for AIX, Linux, Solaris and Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems.

Features of WebSphere include: image transcoders allowing JPG or GIF to be converted into wireless bitmap format; reverse proxy configuration for devices that do not allow users to specify a proxy; expanded device profiles for extra device-level personalisation; extended deck fragmentation capabilities allowing Web pages to be broken up into smaller pieces in response to device memory limitations; and improved administration capabilities.

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