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Resource adaptive WWW access for mobile applications

: Freytag, C.; Neumann, L.


Computers and Graphics 23 (1999), Nr.6, S.841-848
ISSN: 0097-8493
Fraunhofer IGD ()
mobile computing; world wide web; adaptation; Proxy; PDA

Mobile Computing and World Wide Web are rapidly gaining popularity. They are fundamental techologies for a vision of information access for anyone, anytime, anywhere. However, mobile information access has to cope with the heterogeneity, dynamic, and restrictions (e.g., narrow bandwidth, restricted resources) of the mobile environment. In this paper we present a system that supports a useful integration of portable computing devices such as (Sub-)Notebook, Palmtop, or Personal Digital Assistant within the present WWW infrastructure. We propose an architecture for a context aware adaption within the mobile WWW environment. It enables resource adaptive access to any content within the WWW. The main idea is to exploit meta-information about the resource environment and user preferences to find a suitable adaptation pipeline to overcome most limitations of mobile information access. We discuss our first experiences we made with Ada Web prototype. Then we present the extensions of our adaption system to improve the mobile WWW access.