Thank you for your interest in learning about the many different versions of the HotelGuide Network® service, one of the world's most trusted brands in the hospitality industry. We've created each version of our product for a specific reason, and we'd like to take a moment here to help you understand which version may be best for you.
People looking for hotel and travel information have a variety of needs and preferences. The HotelGuide staff is working to meet these needs by creating and evolving our hotel directory into multiple versions. One of the truly wonderful things about digital publishing is that information can be reformatted and represented in a wide variety of looks and functions. Empowered by a sophisticated technology known as MetroManager, we've created a variety of sites to account for browser incompatibilities, bandwith constraints, different languages and even visual impairments. To learn more, simply scroll down the page or follow one of the links below.
The sites of The HotelGuide Network are intended to be
compatible with the widest variety of browser types possible. HotelGuide has
always emphasized ease-of-use, with a simple organization by hotel location and
Guía de Hoteles debuted as
the Internet's first comprehensive Spanish-language hotel directory coupled with
online reservations capability. The site showcases the power of our MetroManager
technology to manage pages not just in different computer languages, but in
different human languages as well.
XHotelGuide.com is where HotelGuide goes to experiment with new technologies. The latest experiment was to build a site using XHTML tags instead of HTML tags. We've learned what we needed to learn, and we're now in the process of taking those lessons and incorporating them into the original HotelGuide Network site. The next time HotelGuide is getting ready to stage a new version, we'll showcase it first on xhotelguide.com for testing. Stay tuned.
This version of HotelGuide presents the
same basic information as the "full" version, but reduces or eliminates certain graphic
elements to improve the performance of the site for users who have slower Internet connections.
Many sites on the Internet have become so graphic-intensive that they are a burden for
folks without access to broadband connections. This insensitivity to people's overall
online experience inspired us to create our Express version. Road warriors and those using
services like wireless modems in particular will appreciate having a version of the site
that's appropriate for the available connection speed. Pick the "full" version or
the Express version: it's your choice!
This version of HotelGuide is available via
cell phones and other devices that have WAP and microbrowser capability. To view the
WapHotelGuide version, you will need a WAP-enabled device, or emulator.
Have you noticed how cluttered some of the sites on the Web have become? Three or four
columns of tiny text compete with each other for ever more scarce space on the
screen. In the rush to pack and cram more and more stuff (typically more
and more advertisements), the designers of the web seem to have forgotten
about ease-of-use, particularly for individuals who may have visual impairments or
other reasons for not wanting to stare at someone's micro-text. The HotelText
version of HotelGuide will work to redress this imbalance by creating a graphics-free
hotel directory that is easy to read with a layout that is easy on the eye.
Thank you again for your interest in learning about the different versions of HotelGuide. We've worked hard over the years to produce an original, easy to use series of sites that give you, our readers, a choice in how you want to receive travel and lodging information. Using different versions, layouts and distribution platforms, expect that in the future you'll be able to receive HotelGuide anytime, anywhere and in any format you choose.
We're honored to have you as a HotelGuide Network guest and we hope you'll visit (the version of your choice) often.
The HotelGuide Team
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