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Volantis releases open source mobile Internet toolkit

By John Cox , NetworkWorld.com , 03/21/2008
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The approach tackles the same type of problem as a technique called transcoding, but does more expansively. Transcoding takes one markup language and converts it to another, says Watson. Some approaches made use of the Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT) standard to convert XML documents from one format to another. “XSLT is not a programming language,” says Watson. “To do the kind of one-to-many conversions as we do, requires very complex coding, and XSLT is just not up to that.”

Rivals include MobileAware, in Dublin Ireland. The company’s software was the basis of a Web application that lets train passengers buy tickets using any Internet-enabled mobile phone.

Volantis Mobility Server is available at its new community Web site. With the GNU GPL, there are no restrictions on use, according to Watson. Besides its applications suite, Volantis will also offer technical support, which includes daily database updates, often number 100 per week. For GPL users, the database will be updated three or four times a year, Watson says.

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