Testing on Pocket PC

As reported on a few sites today, there’s a new tool out there that aims to emulate a Pocket PC’s behaviour, but on further investigation, it appears to me to be doing nothing of the sort. In fact, as far as I can tell, it’s little more that a bunch of sliced images with a floating frame that contains the web site thrown at in a smaller window, for example, this is how accessify looks on the tool:

Accessify as viewd on the emulator

However, when I view the site on my real iPaq, this is what I get:

As viewed on my iPaq As viewed on my iPaq

A no-frills, text-only version of the page that fits on the screen and is totally usable. And this is precisely what it is supposed to be - the CSS is ignored by Pocket PC 2002, and so you get something simple that does work for handhelds. This is no accident.

So, am I missing something here? Is this emulator running something other than Pocket PC 2002 (I hear that 2003 does support some CSS). Or am I right in thinking that this emulator is doing anything but emulation? If it’s not working as it should then it’s harmful (and misleading) to put this out for people to view. If you want to comment publicly, go on over to the forum.

Filed under: Accessibility
Posted by Ian on Friday, August 22, 2003

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