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Using an i-mode Simulator

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After you begin to create pages for use on the wireless Web, you will want to view them in an environment that simulates an i-mode handset screen. In this article, Paul Wallace provides information about i-mode simulators that imitate the handheld screen so you can test your wireless page designs on your desktop computer.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Why Use a Simulator?

After you begin to create pages for use on the wireless Web, you will want to view them in an environment that simulates an i-mode handset screen. So now it's time to look at what's available in the way of i-mode emulators and simulators.

First you might be wondering, "What's the difference between an i-mode emulator and an i-mode simulator?" Well, strictly speaking, an i-mode emulator is a desktop program that you can use to visually examine and interact with your i-mode application, exactly as it would be if you were using an i-mode handset. A simulator will provide a visual representation of how your pages will look, but not be able to do more advance i-mode features.

At the time that this article was written, there were no English-language i-mode emulators available. However, this will likely change as i-mode service are made available in the United States and in Europe. Currently, there are some general mobile content simulators that can be used with your i-mode pages to give you an idea of how they will look in an i-mode handset.

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