Legacy web pages of Axel Beckert

Since I'm no more active at the Fachschaftsrat Informatik of the University of Saarland anymore, I have transferred all my university time legacy web pages from http://fsinfo.cs.uni-sb.de/~abe/ to this interim host at http://fsinfo.noone.org/~abe/ with only minimal modifications, mainly e-mail addresses.

Most pages on this interim host won't be updated anymore until they are moved (and redirected) step by step to their future home somewhere under http://noone.org/.

Please also note that my former e-mail address abe@fsinfo.cs.uni-sb.de is no more valid. Use abe@deuxchevaux.org instead.

Axel Beckert, Zürich, 23rd of September 2007

wApua: A WAP Browser written in Perl/Tk

Programming Republic of Perl
Just another little Perl script... :-)

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Screenshot of wApua 0.05dev showing some WAP site with a WBMP image (PNG, 428×368,6.3K)

wApua running under fvwm2 showing some WAP site with a WBMP image
You'll find more screen shots on the screen shots page.

About wApua

wApua (current version: somewhere around 0.06.3 :-) is a web browser for WAP WML (version 1.1 and 1.2) pages. It is a typical open source product, because of being developed after frustration over the commercial products, which didn't fit the developers demands at all. ;-) It was primarily designed for debugging WML pages in comparsion to only browsing the WML pages on the web, but it becomes more and more useable... :-)

Some keywords:

Runs on...


User reports

Access Log Entries

Should run also on


wApua should run on every operating system on which Perl and Perl/Tk can be installed.

If you run wApua on MacOS 9 or some other OS not listed here, I would be glad, if you could drop me a note at wapua@deuxchevaux.org. Screen shots are welcome, too. (PNG prefered)

wApua and Windows

You are an average Windows user looking for something, that can show WML pages, so that you can browse WAP pages without WAP phone? Then wApua isn't, what you're looking for, really. :-) Instead have a look at Opera, a small, fast, compact and standard compliant web browser, that can handle WML (and other XML-based languages) too. There are other Windows WAP Browsers, too, but I can't recommend them, because they didn't meet my demands (that was another reason for me to develop my own WAP browser ;-) and they aren't free. If you're still interested in those non-free WAP browsers, then have a look at my WAP links.

But: wApua runs under Windows, too (as you can see on this screen shot from Jindra Vavruska :-), assuming that ActiveState Perl and all needed libraries are installed. (I also found accesses from some wApua running on Windows under Cygwin. Nothing seems to be impossible...) Windows specific details may follow some day... :-)

You may also use some of the dozens of online WAP emulators, which let you browse WML pages with your normal web browser. (Of course not as comfortable as with some WAP browser. :-) I recommend the WAPalizer by gelon.net. (Guess, where I got horrible standard coloring scheme of wApua from... ;-) They've got also some nice WAP directory.

The Name of the Game: wApua

The name "wApua" has two meanings:

The logo has no special meaning. I was just playing around with The GIMP and suddenly there was some wApua logo... ;-)

Other WAP browser for Linux and other Unices.

If you're needing some Linux WAP WML browser, which is fetching pages via WAP instead of HTTP or which can decode WMLC, then have a look at WML Browser.org, where you could get a C/C++ written, GPL'ed WML Browser, which is a little bit younger than wApua. It isn't (yet) as comfortable as wApua, but the main developement focus is also a different one. (Note: The original site has turned into a link spammers site, so the above link links to the Web Archive version.)

If you like intergration in a normal web browser, have a look at Opera or the Firefox plugin wmlbrowser.

Copyright -eh- left

Copyright © 2000, 2006, 2009, 2016 by Axel Beckert <wapua@deuxchevaux.org>

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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The wApua source code, the wApua web and the wApua WAP pages were all written with GNU Emacs.
The wApua logos were made with The GIMP (PNG and JPEG only; there are no GIFs) and ImageMagick (WBMP).
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