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    blackberry friendly ?

    i want to redo a few of my websites so they are blackberry friendly... is there some sites that tell about this ?

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    i would keep it simple. check to see what the lowest pixel width is for all blackberrys and make sure that your page doesn't extend past that. nobody likes to scroll sideways. i designed an internal wireless sight for the BB users in my office. i know we all have 8703's so i made sure my tables were not any wider than 320 pixels. don't put in any technology that BB doesn't support.

    hope that helps a little
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    I did this:
    http://lunenburgoceanview.com/wap.htm
    Haven't had time to fix a few of the small problems with the site but it works really good on my BlackBerry! Helps with promoting my parents business!

    And they have a winter special on. 2 nights for 160 CDN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinrea
    blackberry friendly ?

    i want to redo a few of my websites so they are blackberry friendly... is there some sites that tell about this ?

    thanks,
    kevin rea
    I've made a few of them. Depending on what you want the site to do there are several ways to go about doing it. If the site is going to be dynamically populated, meaning you'll be displaying content based off of a database then I'd suggest checkin out ASP.NET's mobile controls. They are pretty powerful and I find they work pretty well on a BB.
    I created a small application that allowed you to search for houses and display the results on the BB. all the data was populated from the MLS dynamically.
    If you just want to make a plain on static website then the best bet is to keep it simple was was suggested before. Try to limit your use of java or complicated CSS and stick to standard old school HTML.

    My advice though is to look at .net's mobile controls they are sweet.
    hope that helps!

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    I'd suggest making use of CSS. The BB will always request the handheld style sheets. That would allow you to have one site, that looks different on a handheld to a desktop based on how the style sheets are put together.

    The BB handles JavaScript so don't be scared to use that. It also supports XHTML and CHTML so you can actually do some great stuff with that. Stay away from WML. Its MUCH too old and clunky. Sure it works, but you can do so much better with XHTML and CSS.

    You could also simply create 2 versions of the site and put a small 3 line ASP script on the home page that detects which device is connecting, and re-route accordingly.
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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
    I've found a few sites doing that now. Checks for what it using to display the site and loads the site correctly.

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    Don't make different versions of your site. Look up topics like "semantic markup" for how to design sites for use with multiple stylesheets. If your markup is XHTML compliant and you do as much formatting as possible using style sheets, then you can specify a different style sheet for "Handheld" devices. Modify this stylesheet to remove most of your images, and collapse formatting to work with the smaller screen.

    Using scripts to identify a browser type and then redirect is sooo 2001. Multiple style sheets is the way of the future. That way you won't have something that looks good on 'blackberries', but on all small screen devices. And you won't need to write you content twice, just tweak your stylesheets.

    http://www.csszengarden.com
    http://www.diveintoaccessibility.org
    http://alistapart.com/articles/pocket/ <-- great, even though its a few years old

    hope this helps! No need to reinvent the wheel, the methods for success are built into the system.

    Peace,
    sam

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