Webmasters must adapt to wireless
- By IDG News Service, Rebecca Sykes
- Apr 12, 2000
Webmasters beware: By the end of 2002, the world will have more subscribers
capable of wireless Internet access than those with wired access, according
to a forecast by International Data Corp.
Currently, more than 40 million U.S. households are online, but there
are more than 75 million cellular/personal communications systems (PCS)
subscribers and more than 40 million paging subscribers, according to Iain
Gillott, an analyst with IDC, Framingham, Mass.
By mid-2001, all digital cellular/PCS handsets shipped in the world
will be Wireless Application Protocol-capable, so the number of people accessing
the Internet from wireless devices could increase dramatically, Gillott
The changing numbers will have a huge impact on information systems
staff and Webmasters, Gillott said.
Users accessing a World Wide Web site via a phone with a little screen
will not be able to display the same information that PC users see, he said.
Organizations will need to think about displaying the information on their
Web sites for wireless device users or perhaps having two sites, he said.
IDC is a subsidiary of International Data Group Inc., the parent company
of the IDG News Service and Federal Computer Week.