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That little Macromedia app for making it easier to update an existing web page is a good notion. I don't disagree that one can get a lot done inside the browser given an efficient browser. Custom clients? Say the unrealistic notions of SVG being the vector language of choice for the whole interface come about, what would languages that are not SVG compatible do? Just because something is possible doesn't make it light enough to be realistic. See Chrome. I don't know if implementing that in Mozilla works well except for basic graphics. As for Mozilla as the browser of choice for businesses, I hope the tainting problems turning up for Linux are addressed. Like RSS/nEcho, this laissez faire 'we don't care who owns this because we like the guy running the project' approach will burn the people signing up for it, and help the very competitors they think they are de-opting. The second word in IP is Property. The problems of staying inside the browser for everything: 1. Dealing with the HTML framework in situations where it has neglible benefits 2. Having existing classes for other frameworks that would have to be moved to the server or coded in seriously inefficient ways inside the HTML framework. In other words given legacy and no or very weak data standards for the content, it is not a good idea to go browser-based exclusively. It is still a good idea to use them for viewers and light transactions. Otherwise, a Wizard in a browser is a heckuva lot easier to build than in most systems. It just isn't always needed. The bigger problem is item 2. len From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@s...] 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.
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