|The Open Group Will Serve As Certification Authority For WAP Version 1.1|
Posted: 04-Dec-1999 [Source: Open Group]
["For certification testing, The Open Group developed a test suite specification to ensure wireless vendors products are compliant with the WAP V1.1 specification."]
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- The Open Group,
a vendor and technology-neutral consortium dedicated to enterprise
integration, today announced an agreement to serve as the certification
authority for the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum's world
standard for wireless information and telephony services.
For certification testing, The Open Group developed a test suite specification
to ensure wireless vendors' products are compliant with the WAP V1.1
specification. As the certification authority, The Open Group will
develop and operate the certification program on behalf of the WAP Forum
The Open Group was chosen for the WAP Version 1.1 certification
testing because of its unrivaled experience in open systems testing and
certification,' said Doug Holbrook, chair of the WAP Forum's WAP
Interoperability Group. 'The
Open Group provides the WAP Forum with the expertise required to meet our
aggressive commitment to interoperability.'
The WAP Forum has a large number of specifications describing the functionality
and specific coding requirements of wireless phones and other devices for
WAP certification. The
Open Group's test suite measures conformance to the Wireless Markup
Language (WML) application layer specifications, as well as WMLscript
and WMLscript libraries. The
certification test uses a WML server that delivers tests that run on the
devices or phones, and performs a functionality and interoperability test at
the application level.
WML,an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) application, serves as the markup
language for WAP devices, just as HTML is the markup language for web pages.
WMLscript and the associated WMLscript Libraries define a programming
language, related to the ECMAscript language used for programs to run on web
The Open Group will develop additional tests for the cache model, which defines
how WAP compliant phones and gateways store information. The consortium will also develop tests for the use of WAP phones in
multiple languages, ensuring the phones will be able to display numerous
characters sets, including Japanese, as well as the ASCII character set.
'The members of the WAP Forum have demonstrated their commitment to
interoperability from the outset by ensuring that a robust testing and
certification program is in place,' said Allen Brown, President and CEO of The
Open Group. 'We are pleased
to have been selected to work with the WAP Forum: this is another step along
the path towards our goal of becoming the global certification authority for
About WAP Version 1.1The WAP Version 1.1 specifications are enabling the rapid commercial deployment
of WAP-ready products and services worldwide. Using WAP V1.1, users of digital mobile phones and other wireless
devices are able to securely access and instantly interact with
Internet/intranet information and advanced telephony services.
WAP Version 1.1 provides handset manufacturers with a common global platform and
a richer service offering to both consumers and carriers. Network operators can differentiate themselves through new WAP-compliant
value-added services and enhancements to existing voice mail and email
providers and content developers benefit from an expanded market for their
products and services. Consumer
and business users of WAP-ready mobile devices will have near anytime,
anywhere access to information.
About the WAP Forum
The WAP Forum is an industry association that has developed the de-facto world
standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile
phones and other wireless terminals. Handset
manufacturers representing 95 percent of the world market across all
technologies have committed to shipping WAP-enabled devices.
Carriers representing more than 100 million subscribers worldwide
have joined WAP. These
commitments will put 10's of millions of WAP-browser-enabled products in
consumer hands by the end of 2000. WAP
Forum membership is open to all industry participants.
For further details on the WAP Forum and its members, please visit the Forum's
Web site at www.wapforum.org. The
Web site also includes a downloadable version of WAP V1.1.
About The Open Group
The Open Group is committed to delivering greater business efficiency by
bringing together buyers and suppliers of information systems to lower the
cost and risks associated with integrating new technology across the
enterprise. The Open Group, a vender and technology-neutral consortium,
ensures that multi-vendor information technology matches the demands and
needs of customers. This is
achieved through the development and deployment of frameworks, polices, best
practices and standards in pursuit of the group's IT DialTone vision --- the concept of making all technology as open and accessible as
using a telephone.
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