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(1) (Wireless Access Point) See access point.

(2) (Wired Access Point) See wired access point.

(3) (Wireless Application Protocol) A standard for providing cellphones, pagers and other handhelds with secure access to email and text-based Web pages. Introduced in 1997 by Phone.com, Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia, WAP provides an environment for wireless applications that includes a wireless version of TCP/IP and a framework for telephony integration such as call control and phone book access. Supporting keypad and voice recognition, WAP is independent of the air interface and runs over all major wireless networks. It is also device independent and can be used in any mobile device.

WML, WMLScript and XHTML
WAP introduced the Wireless Markup Language (WML), a streamlined version of HTML, and WMLScript, a compact form of JavaScript that runs in limited memory. WML later evolved into mobile versions of XHTML, which, along with all WAP protocols, are governed by the Open Mobile Alliance, the successor to the WAP Forum (see OMA).

The multimedia messaging system (MMS) uses both the SMS text messaging and WAP protocols to transmit graphics, audio and video to cellphones (see MMS). See WTLS, XHTML, HDML, Openwave and i-mode.

No Information Overload Here
These are examples of the earlier, and very small, cellphone screens that were available when WAP was first deployed. (Image courtesy of Openwave Systems Inc.)

A WAP Gateway
This diagram depicts Openwave's Mobile Access Gateway which encodes and decodes WAP pages between the microbrowser in the smartphone and the Web server.
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These results indicate that the optimum point in the study for WAP B compared to the controls will be obtained by using 5.0 phr sulfur, 0.7 phr DCBS and 58.0 phr.
As a follow-up to these two studies, both WAP A and WAP B were evaluated in the compound of table 15 using both N330 and N351 carbon black.
WAP A and WAP B were evaluated as adhesion promoters of zinc coated galvanized steel cable to natural rubber and NR/BR compounds.
WAP A and WAP B were evaluated in combination with HMMM and resorcinol.
WAP A showed excellent adhesion to 63.5% copper containing brass coated tire cord and physical properties in the natural rubber compound containing 0.5 phr TBBS and 4.0 phr sulfur compared to the control systems.
In this combination, WAP A at 2.0 phr demonstrated good overall adhesion in unaged and aged conditions compared to the controls.
* WapMore http://wapmore.com/ In addition, some of the standard Web search engines already have WAP sites -- for example,
However, the "bottom line is that people don't like to be interrupted" by this kind of intrusive contact, and too much of it may turn users against WAP.
In the same month, France Telecom announced that it was ordering five million WAP telephones.
Shillingford, Joia (2000), Early adopters explore pros and cons of WAP, Financial Times, May, FT-IT Review.
Treanor, Jill (2000), Halifax to give away WAP phones, The Guardian, 9 May, p.24.
Biggs, Maggie (2000), WAP is the wireless wave of the future.