Re: the web client interface was RE: Two link questi
bry@i... (bryan) writes: >>What is more questionable in the assertion made elsewhere that >>hypertext (eg browser based web pages) is the >>only realistic client for the web. It condemms complex >>operations to novice mode. Because any compute >>process is linearizable doesn't mean it is a good idea >>for any given case. > >Certainly doesn't mean it's a bad idea for every case either. Anyway >the linearity of a solution may be bad or good depending on how many >other solutions the architecture supports and on how that architecture >allows the solution to interact with other solutions in its space. >From my perspective, the browser is a classic 80/20 (or better). It offers 20% of the capabilities of richer hypertext systems and GUIs generally, maybe even less. It turns out that there's an incredible amount of stuff (probably more than 80%) you can do within that tiny capability subset. The Web did force a lot of work onto the back end, where interaction with other solutions was a lot easier. I have a hard time seeing that as a problem for most applications. On Len's question, I don't see hypertext as "the only realistic client for the Web". For certain, it's the cheapest client out there, and I can't say I see much benefit to building other systems except in a relatively small number of cases. From my perspective, XForms takes care of about 90% of my remaining Web-interactivity problems - though I'm still concerned about the odds on its widespread implementation. If you need something else, though - build it. For all the effort the Curl and Flash folks have put into Rich Internet Apps, though, I don't see much need for a generic toolkit with powers beyond the existing Web+XForms. Custom clients, though - sure. Sounds good. -- Simon St.Laurent Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets Errors, errors, all fall down! http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org
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