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Frans continues his stellar work on the techie stuff here. Today we unveil a separate mobile version of the site in response to requests from PDA users, which can be accessed via This presents the news in a flat format similar to the HTML version of the site, for phones that can handle more than the card-based WAP standard. Whether you are a road warrior or a palm pilot (stop that or you'll go blind!), hopefully one or both of these will work for you.

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14. Re: PDA Mode Nov 14, 2008, 17:10  Xymph 
Looking cool. Any chance we can get less of the HTML stripped? Article links, blockquotes, etc, appeared to from my quick scroll through it. Understand if you had to cripple it due to UGO restrictions and so forth.
UGO wasn't involved in the design choices. It's in Blue's own interest not to make the PDA site a complete but ad-free alternative to the regular site, as his income depends on the latter.

So the goal for the mobile sites to offer a quick way to check the latest gaming news while on the road, as an additional service, and not to reproduce the full website functionality on a handheld device. To that end, blockquotes and the OotB links table have been stripped in order to reduce overal page size (since more data traffic often costs users more money). Links are stripped for the same reason, and to give people an incentive to (re)visit the full site as yet to check the stories they're interested in. Lastly, many of the pages and sites linked to are not mobile-friendly, so the links are of limited use anyway.

(I also got an XML parsing error when I viewed it through FFox on the desktop, which is strange because typically it doesn't do that to XHTML pages. Pocket IE and Opera Mobile rendered it without problems, the two primary Windows Mobile based browsers.)
Yeah, I saw that too, it happens with 8-bit characters translated into named (rather than numeric) & entities, but since the PDA site isn't meant for normal desktop browsers anyway, I see no reason to address that.

Having the BN colours would be cool, too, but that's just me being picky.
The logo uses the appropriate background. Not sure what other BN colors you're referring to.
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