5 Supporting Basic HTML Mobile Browsers

This chapter describes ADF Mobile browser client's support for basic HTML mobile browsers.

This chapter includes the following sections:

5.1 Introduction to Basic HTML Mobile Browser Support

For Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g release 1, ADF Mobile browser client supports mobile browsers that do not provide support for JavaScript. This lack of JavaScript support makes basic HTML mobile browsers less robust than such -supported browsers as the RIM BlackBerry or Apple iPhone. Aside from the browsers listed in Section 1.2, "Supported Mobile Browsers," ADF Mobile browser client considers most common browsers as basic HTML mobile browsers. ADF Mobile browser client may not recognize certain mobile browsers, however.

5.1.1 Requirements for ADF Mobile Browser Client Support of Basic HTML Mobile Browsers

The minimum requirement for ADF Mobile brower client's support is XHTML Basic or the XHTML Mobile Profile that includes WAP2.x browsers.


ADF Mobile browser client does not support WAP1.x browsers that do not support XHTML Basic or the XHTML Mobile Profile.

5.2 Developing Applications for Basic HTML Mobile Browsers

Because the ADF Mobile browser client framework serves pages to mobile browsers that are appropriate to a browser's capabilities or limitations, you do not have to create user interfaces that are specific to basic HTML mobile browsers. However, the absence of JavaScript support by these browsers limits the functionality of certain HTML elements.

  • Basic HTML mobile browsers do not support the autosubmit attribute. Add a submit button to the form only if the form submission responds to a component's autosubmit feature. For composite components with built-in autosubmit features, ADF Mobile browser client adds a submit button to enable users to submit the form.

  • Basic HTML mobile browsers do not support form-submitting links. All submitting elements are rendered as buttons. Basic HTML mobile browsers do not support the child components of such input elements. As a consequence, the child components of the tr:commandLink component cannot render in a basic HTML mobile browser. For more information on tr:commandLink, see Section 3.5.2, "Creating Links."

5.3 Styling Basic HTML Mobile Browsers

ADF Mobile browser client provides basic CSS support for basic HTML mobile browsers. While most of these browsers support CSS, ADF Mobile browser client applications can still run on the browsers that do not support CSS. However, without design-time considerations, the user interface may be difficult to use. Test the ADF Mobile browser client application on as many browsers as possible.