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Simulating i-mode Using a Desktop Browser

Because i-mode pages are created in i-mode-compatible HTML, a subset of HTML, they can be previewed in a desktop browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer.

The benefit for viewing in a desktop browser is that you probably already have one installed on your computer, and you are also likely to be experienced with how it works. Of course, in order to simulate the small screen environment of a mobile device, you will want to resize the browser window. Figure 1 shows an i-mode site displayed Microsoft Internet Explorer with the window reduced to imitate the size of a mobile screen.

Figure 1 - Reduce the browser window to represent the size of a handheld screen.

Within a desktop browser such as Internet Explorer you can interact with the i-mode contents just as you would with a desktop Web site—click on links with your mouse, fill out form data, etc. This gives you a general idea of how your i-mode site will look. However, you will still want to explore other i-mode simulators for more specific mobile functionality, and to mimic how the user can navigate your site using strictly the softkeys and i-mode buttons.

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