"Imagine you're lost in Hobart searching for a place to stay or you are explaining the rules of tiddlywinks to a native German or even discussing the theory of complexity over dinner...
"Don't panic! Author Douglas Adams has today launched a WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) enabled version of h2g2.com - the online guide to life, the universe and everything. This means that h2g2.com can now be accessed while on the move via WAP-enabled wireless phones at http://wap.h2g2.Com, and soon other handheld devices.
"h2g2.com was launched in May 1999. Based on Adams'sci-fi novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, h2g2.com is the online guide to life, the universe and everything. Adams wants people to come to the site and contribute to the electronic guide with entries about anything and everything. Currently, the sort of information available from the online guide ranges from fascinating facts on places and people to practical tips and advice on anything from irritable bowel syndrome to latex clothing.
"In time, Adams believes h2g2.com will become a real world electronic guide to life, the universe and everything - accessible anytime, anywhere from any portable handheld device. Information available from the online guide in future will be tailored by geographic location thereby allowing people to access relevant information wherever they happen to be in the world.
"The launch of the WAP site is being overseen by John Bissell, Chief Operating Officer of Douglas Adams' digital media company, The Digital Village (TDV) who joined the company from British Telecommunications plc, where he was an executive in the Group Mobility Division.
"Douglas Adams, creator of h2g2.com and author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy explained:
"WAP is the ideal vehicle to create a portable guide which people can access, contribute to and get information on anything and everything about life that they would not find anywhere else, wherever they are in the world.