TuxTops Mobile

I did a similar work to yesterday’s Digg Mobile script and so I created a mobile version for the gadget web site I occassionally write for, TuxTops: www.TuxTops.com/pda/ . Check screenshots below.

I also decided to make the script and design that makes all that possible available to the world and give it a name: “MobileQuo” is a quick and dirty script that helps you mobilize your web site or blog, or mobilize other people’s news sites & blogs. It uses as input an RSS 2.0 feed (no other kinds of newsfeeds will work) and then creates a simple cHTML web site that renders well on most mobile gadgets (cellphones, PDAs etc). Installation is very easy but this version of the script only allows 10 news items to display in a single page. Email me if you need a multi-page mobile page that can parse more news items. cHTML is a subset of HTML 3.2 and it’s generally much more compatible with the majority of mobile devices than XHTML/CSS is.

So, download it and use it for your own purposes! Leave a comment in this blog post if you would like to share a URL that uses that script.

Update: Now OSNews has such a rendered RSS page too: http://osnews.com/pda

Pocket IE

Nokia WebKit

PalmOS Blazer (Costin, thx for the pic)

Openwave 7.0

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Eugenia wrote on August 12th, 2006 at 7:54 AM PST:

BTW, if you somehow stumble on a bug where the descriptions are off by 1 (e.g. the Description does not match the current Title), change in the code this:

to this:

The problem appears only on some RSS feeds… Let me know if you can come up with a solution…

Luis wrote on August 14th, 2006 at 1:45 AM PST:

Sorry, a bit off topic, but related to osnews, does alexa’s traffic rankings have any conexion with reality? I just looked at them for osnews and it seems it has multiplied by 10 or something in the last year… Could this be because everybody’s visiting the site on their mobile’s? :)

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Eugenia wrote on August 14th, 2006 at 1:48 AM PST:

No, OSNews has not doubled. In fact it hasn’t changed its popularity in the last year. But Alexa changed their algorithm a few months ago, many sites (including Slashdot and Gnomefiles) found themselves higher in the rank.

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Eugenia wrote on August 15th, 2006 at 2:29 AM PST:

Ok, the descriptions being “off by 1″, is now fixed on version 1.1. Thanks Adam!

Marco Rodrigues wrote on August 15th, 2006 at 4:58 AM PST:


At function getXmlData(), the $n=0 is for what!? if it’s declared in the loop above as zero, and it’s not used before.

As you can see above :) Please, when publish code, check it a little first. Your websites are good, but I really don’t like to see bad code. Instructions for doing nothing, only to fill lines, why ?!


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Eugenia wrote on August 15th, 2006 at 5:07 AM PST:

I don’t know, and obviously I don’t really care. It doesn’t do any harm to be there, it was part of the original parser, I didn’t touch that, because changing the parser itself is pretty hairy.

Marco Rodrigues wrote on August 16th, 2006 at 9:54 AM PST:

But why don’t fix bad things? It’s always good for a coder to clean up code. Anyways good work =) I’ve put your script working at http://m.Tondela.org with some changes. It works fine.

sim wrote on August 21st, 2006 at 11:21 AM PST:

It’s true that chtml is a subset of HTML 3.2 but it’s not true that cHtml is more compatible than XHTML (*MP*).
cHTML is used only in Japan and only from DoCoMo companies (in their old phones !!!). All the phones from other two biggest companies in Japan support XHTML MP.
In Europe and US you must deliver XHTML (wml if you want think some user will browse digg useing their old WAP 1.0 browsers)

— sim

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Eugenia wrote on August 21st, 2006 at 11:37 AM PST:

Sorry Sim, but you are wrong. cHTML *is* more compatible than XTML-MP and I am talking about the standard HTML tags, and NOT the i-Mode special tags.

Remember, my mobile code is not only good for cellphones, but I am taking special care of old computers (e.g. Amiga, Atari, Be), embedded systems, gaming systems (e.g. Dreamcast browser) and UNIX text-mode browsers.

ALL these browsers have one thing in common: HTML 3.2. And this is why the basic form of cHTML is your best bet for compatibility with anything NON-desktop.

Remember, not just cellphones!!

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