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Because of the way we do caching, each user uses the same "Wikitravel" skin, based on Monobook. This skin doesn't work so well with portable devices, like cell phones and PDAs.

I'd like to set up a parallel site, wikitravel.mobi, with a skin that includes "special" features from the Wikitravel skin, but is more friendly for mobile devices. It would use the "Chick" skin by default. I think that it would just take some fiddling with the Apache configuration to have one skin when called through "mobi", and another when called through "org". --Evan 17:12, 14 November 2006 (EST)

I second this feature request. I would use this feature at least once a month when I'm in my home city, let alone when I'm travelling. Note that I consider ability to read WikiTravel on a mobile device to be one feature, and to edit WikiTravel to be another. For me, reading is a higher priority than editing, though both are useful. Ability to read WikiTravel makes the service more useful. Ability to edit improves the content (people can whip out a phone and enter the details for a cool restaurant as they're waiting for dessert). JimDeLaHunt 20:03, 26 March 2008 (EDT)
For the people who need wikitravel on mobile there is wikitraveler.info [1]. It is the content of wikitravel without pictures in mobile friendly format targeted for simple wap browsers. Many wikitravel pages are simply too big for mobile, even if you get the page loaded the navigation is not pretty. Disclaimer - I am the creator of wikitraveler.info
Doesn't work for me: doesn't open at desktop; looks like a wrong domain name full of AdSense spam (and nothing else) at my PDA. --DenisYurkin 02:22, 31 July 2008 (EDT)
Denis, on the desktop you can open it but not with Internet Exlporer, anything else will work just fine, Firefox for example. When you opened it on your PDA maybe you really mistyped the name. There are many websites showing advertisement with names close to wikitravel. If it is easier for you I got waptravel.mobi domain. Currently it points to wikitraveler.info but maybe it is better to set it as the main domain, because it is easier to type. Georgi
True, I mistyped the address on PDA. Thanks for the clarification. --DenisYurkin 11:22, 1 August 2008 (EDT)
I'm able to read and edit fairly easily on an iphone, but I agree that a stripped down mobile version of WT would be great for many users, and would boost us up into them modern times – cacahuate talk 23:55, 3 September 2008 (EDT)
I've been in contact with the creator of the Wikipanion software for iPhone, which I think would make a fabulous viewer for Wikitravel, especially with the caching feature he is implementing in the next version of Wikipanion Plus.
Apparently, it would work with Wikitravel if the Wikitravel admins were to install a module written by Wikimedia (though not included by default in the MediaWiki distribution). Dealing with ads may present an issue, though.
I'm looking for someone on the WT technical side I can forward my email conversation to so they can begin looking at the issue. If anyone is a WT sysop or developer or otherwise has that sort of access to the software, etc., please feel free to email me and I can respond with the conversation and perhaps put you in touch with the author of Wikipanion. Cluth 05:11, 23 October 2008 (EDT)
I'm pretty interested in seeing something developed for the iPhone. I would also like to see it developed independently of Internet Brands, and without advertising. If it's simply a MediaWiki page that needs to be created via sysop access, that's easy, I can work ask around and get consensus on enabling that. If it involves root access, we'll need to tell IB exactly what we need to do to implement it. Feel free to email me via the "email this user" link on my talk page – cacahuate talk 17:37, 23 October 2008 (EDT)
Hi, I've developed an iPhone application (it's a site developed with Dashcode) that can display wikitravel articles. The site can be bookmarked using the "Add to Homescreen" function and used without internet connection (=> no additional expenses when travelling abroad). I thought about developing a native iPhone application but I don't feel like waiting ages for Apple to approve it in the App Store. I noticed that the link wikitraveler.info isn't working any more. Is there a mobile wikitravel site? I'd like to contribute my code so iPhone users can use wikitravel offline on their devices. --Pedro 10:40, 15 August 2009

We do have our own version of wiki mobi that can be found at  : http://m.wikitravel.org. We will make sure that the proper re-directs for this are in place. If you could please take this request off the roadmap. Thanks! Ibsteph 3:55 pm, 18 February, 2010 ( PST)

Sorry, why was this added back to the roadmap? texugo 00:55, 26 August 2011 (EDT)

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