Site Help & Support - The HCL
Links for the HCL
The Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) is one of the community resources that we are most proud of.
For four years, the HCL has provided Handheld PC users with compatibility and support information for an ever expanding range of different peripheral devices. Listed below are some of the common questions we are asked regarding the HCL and its procedures.
When the HCL was launched, it contained compatibility for H/PC 1.0 and 2.0 devices only, and contained only 20 devices. The HCL was HPC:Factor's first fully automated resource, and as well as celebrating its fourth birthday in 2005, has been upgraded to provide more detail on useful information. Today the HCL provides compatibility information on all H/PC device, 1.0 through to CE 4.2.
The HCL is part of the HPC:Factor central database system, it makes use of
resources taken from our manufactures list and dynamically creates hardware
device lists or HCD's. These HCD's are then flagged in the database as being
compatible, incompatible, having partial compatibility or unknown compatibility.
This information is presented to the user when they view the HCL.
The HCL is designed to be as simple as possible to navigate. There are two
data views on the HCL itself. The standard threaded mode, where devices are
presented with clear check marks as to their compatibility, and the Flat mode,
where note information is displayed to the user side by side with the next device.
We provide a submission form that any user can make use of to send in submissions, additions or corrections. For more information on contributing to the HCL please click here.
Firstly, thank-you for taking time to submit to the HCL.
HCD (device) submissions are not automatically entered into the HCL when you
click the Submit button on the submission form. This is mainly due to security,
but also for legal reasons as with a service such as the HCL we are legally
obligated to preserve listing standards for the benefit of HCL visitors.
You should also be aware that HPC:Factor reserves the right to reject HCD submissions.
The HCL is designed to store information on peripheral devices only. Actual
Handheld PC devices are not stored within the HCL, neither are particular devices
linked to particular peripherals generally speaking.
We receive hundreds of submissions from users detailing compatibility information, having to physically present credit information would not be a constructive use of screen space on the HCL, as a result we are unable to publish user credit for submissions. This policy applies to the HPC:Factor Team as well as our visitors.
Ultimately the HCL is the resource it is thanks to research contributions from the community itself. We are always eternally grateful to the community for sending in their compatibility information and helping us to build the HCL from day to day, making it a resource even the Pocket PC community is envious of.
Only HPC:Factor Senior Editors can make changes to the HCL database. At this time the writing, technical, support and moderation teams do not have access to the HCL administration system.
Edits to the HCL system based upon user submission are performed by the Senior Editors group. Any user of HPC:Factor, irrespective of their registration state can submit recommendation for edits to the HCL using the submission form. Only HPC:Factor staff have the right to request direct changes to the content of the HCL, all other users will be directed to the submission form and all received information will be considered on a one to one basis.
At no stage in the submissions process are users making adjustments to the HCL database.