On The Latest Transcoding Mess — Developers Respond With Some Ideas

More on the flap over US operator Sprint’s recent launch of a transcoder that uses a fake user-agent and breaks developers’ attempts to automatically serve up mobile-friendly content:

First, Ed Moore from Openwave, the vendor of the Sprint transcoder, stops by in the comments to say that the company is working to “get the exclusion lists up to strength and introduce OpenWeb 5.7 which automates mobile web site detection and lets through the phone user agent.”

Second, developers are working to create some guidelines for friendly transcoding. Tom Hume has some suggestions — including one to create an aggregated whitelist vendors could look to — while WURFL creator Luca Passani has come up with a “Manifesto for Responsible Reformatting”.

More discussion at WAP Review and Mike Rowehl.

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