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Sat, 21 Jul 2007

Wikipedia handheld proxy

I got irritated at how hard it was to use Wikipedia on my Treo. There's so much rubbish splattered around their pages that it Just Doesn't Work on such a small screen. Given that no alternatives seemed to be available - at least, Google couldn't find any - I decided to write my own Wikipedia handheld proxy.

It strips away all the useless rubbish that normally surrounds Wikipedia pages, as well as things like the editing functions which are also hard to use on portable devices. Internally, it's implemented using perl, LWP, and mod_perl, and is hosted by Keyweb.de.

Posted at 08:09 by David Cantrell
keywords: geeky | hacking | palm | perl
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Tremendous stuff! Works a treat on my mobile and I actually prefer it as a faster vanilla web interface. I'd be careful putting your actual email address on the pages though (incase it becomes popular!). One point though - what about privacy, such as your server recording who looks at what?

Posted by Ben on Mon, 23 Jul 2007 at 03:23:34

I'll add a privacy statement, which will basically say that I log visitors' IPs, what browser they're using, and where they came from, but no other personally identifying information.

Posted by Evil Dave on Mon, 23 Jul 2007 at 20:04:03

The result is rather similar to the "Mobile View" offered by Opera Mini (press 1 for a context menu to see the option). However, I suspect they implement that on the client side, meaning that your solution would be sending less data through the pipe. I'm bookmarked it on my ZN5!

Posted by Mark Stosberg on Wed, 24 Dec 2008 at 18:13:36

I think a few minutes searching would have led you to http://wapedia.mobi/en/

Posted by Richard S on Sat, 11 Apr 2009 at 14:42:52

Sorry, this post is too old for you to comment on it.