From: David Fletcher <D<avid@me...> - 2005-11-15 10:11:24
I've also played with this in the past, and also have a very simple
script which will give me the subjects of mail in my POP3 box. I can
then click, and it shows the first 200 or so characters of an email. Any
more is just too much for a WAP phone.
Unfortunately, I'm very busy rigth now so could do testing but little
development, but here are some ideas anyway. Issues which I can see as
1) Only a very minimal set of options can be supported to prevent
overload of small screen WAP devices. Downloading massive attachments,
or even large emails can be very difficult.
2) A major issue that came up in developing my WAP script was security. I
prefer to use Ilohamail over an https connection. Most recent phones
support this, but the implementation is different to the normal
internet. The security exists between the server and the mobile phone
provider. Content is then decrypted, and re-encrypted for transmission
to the phone. People should be at least aware of this security "gap"
in the WAP system. (Please correct this if the information is now out of
date). The normal interent creates a secure tunnel from the server right
through to the browser.
3) I thought about but never developed the idea of some standard
responces which could be stored using the normal web interface and then
sent with a single button through the WAP interface. This would cope
with the difficulty of composing email (typing, spell checking, etc) on
a phone. A selection of standard "one button" replies stored and
customised through the normal web interface might include "I'm out of
the office and will reply on XXX", "Please contact XXX while I am
away" and so on.
Are people thinking of the WAP interface as a full email client, or as
something to get you through a few days away from your normal
connection? This will help decide which features are important.
>I'm also very interested in WAP support. Once upon a time I had a simple
>page which showed me the top ten emails in my inbox. It didn't carry
>out filtering or anything like that, but was fun to play with.
>Unfortunately I lost the source! It was only connected to Ilohamail by
>using its IMAP library, otherwise it was disconnected.