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Undeterred by the failure of WAP in Europe - and as a brand it's so poorly regarded that it appears to have sunk in transit across the Atlantic: WAP services are not branded as such in the United States - the WAP Forum on Tuesday published revision 2.0.

It resembles the carpet bombing tactics used to demoralise civilians in World War II and Vietnam: 55 whopping individual specifications were unleashed by the WAP air force, resulting in a firestorm of PDF-related damage. The individual specs add up to new standards for XHTML, style sheets, for multimedia delivery via WAP services, push content and plenty more besides.

But at least it's open, indeed much more open than the alternative, DoCoMo's proprietary iMode services.

We'll begin to pick our way through the wreckage later today - always mindful of the danger of unexploded PDFs - but as we do so, can anyone tell us what's the point and where the demand for 'rich WAP' content is supposed to come from? Answers to the usual address, please. &reg.

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