Who was the “wrong person” mentioned in the politics bit btw? ;)
Nokia has always had a vision that the internet on phones should be
exactly like the internet on the computer. Openwave (Phone.com/Unwired
Planet) had the vision that the phone-based internet should be different,
with different features. Unfortunately some Openwave standards-only (no
real notion of user experience) said that it was okay for that stuff to
be optional… and of course this is what Nokia really wanted to hear.
By the time that the usability and developer folks got back into the
discussion, the decision was final – thus spelling the end of “WML 2”.
It’s now just XHTML Basic/MP delivered via WAP. With push messaging and
other WAP stuff.