If you want a quick update on the current state of the mobile web, rewind to the good ol’ WAP days of 1999.

Although responsive web design has given us a few years of web compatibility between desktop and mobile browsers, today’s Google AMP and Facebook Instant Articles set up a specialized mobile web experience reminiscent of WAP, as Afilias Technologies engineering lead Ronan Cremin argues.Is this so bad?[ InfoWorld’s quick guide: Digital Transformation and the Agile Enterprise. | Download InfoWorld’s essential guide to microservices and learn how to create modern web and mobile applications that scale. ]
Back in WAP
If you’re old enough to remember WAP, you’re old enough to want to forget it.

Though launched to major fanfare, “the grim reality of [WAP was] four lines of monochrome text and sparse content,” Cremin says.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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