A small UK start-up has launched software that tailors Web content for small devices, such as handheld PCs and mobile phones.
Argo Interactive told PC Week that its ActiGate software acts as a Web proxy server, sitting between the user and the content to be accessed.
It recognises which device and user are accessing the server and tailors the Web content to that user's needs: for example, by stripping out extraneous graphics and content, the company said.
ActiGate can be configured to recognise different browsers and remove features that cannot be displayed. Web page tables can be converted to text, and text that is coloured, or in different tints can be converted into standard fonts.
Web sites using frames can be converted to single pages, with excessive blank spaces also compressed to save display space. Images can either be removed or scaled down and converted to greyscale.
Many images on Web pages are actually links to other sites, which would not be left in if the graphic was simply deleted. ActiGate recognises these linked graphics and turns them into a link, using the linked page's title as the link instead of the graphic.
ActiGate can integrate with a Wireless Application Protocol gateway for mobile phones, sitting between the WAP gateway and Internet. It can then convert conventional HTML Web pages into new formats required for mobile devices such as HDML (Handheld Devices Markup Language) and WML (Web site Meta Language).
Argo is promoting the software as a means of offering sales force access to company intranets and enabling Internet access via PDAs, telephone browser devices and in-car computers.
The company has already entered a partnership with online shopping portal Taxi, which is using the software to offer MyTaxi to mobile users.
ActiGate is available now. Mike Robinson, sales and marketing director at Argo, said: "Negotiations for an ActiGate licence depend on variable costs per end user. Argo expects to extract a license fee from those companies that generate a regular subscription revenue from the use of Argo software and OEM communication devices."
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