[sword-devel] SBL/ETS update / J2ME / Mac

Eeli Kaikkonen eekaikko at mail.student.oulu.fi
Tue Nov 21 06:29:36 MST 2006

On Sun, 19 Nov 2006, Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
> on the ipod, pda's, and phones.  I have no idea how well J2ME supports
> Hebrew (or Greek) or even if there is a J2ME RT available for these
> devices, and even how to change the user interface to work on them.

I have made one small program for java MIDP, http://iki.fi/eelik/stimer.
Some opinions based on that:

"Write once, run everywhere" (or something like that) is not true. It is
possible to use basic MIDP and let the devices make the rendering of UI,
but the result is clumsy. To make it good it should be made a bit
differently for every device. And even if a general UI is acceptable,
there will surely be device dependent bugs. Testing with emulators is
not enough.

The UI of flashcards seems simple enough to make the idea work on
cellphones, but UI must be redone.

I don't know about unicode in MIDP. Maybe the fonts can be included in
the package - I think that java uses unicode in every platform but
the cellphone font doesn't include e.g. hebrew vowels.

Hopefully somebody knows more or has a "second opinion".

	Eeli Kaikkonen (Mr.), Oulu, Finland
	e-mail: eekaikko at mailx.studentx.oulux.fix (with no x)

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