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Byte: Web UI On The Cusp Of Change; Core Standards -- And Components -- Essential

Apr 21, 2000, 20:46 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Udell)

"There's tremendous pent-up demand for "real" Web applications that you can bookmark, rather than install. As Peter points out, vertical markets are desperate for this kind of solution. But, he sadly concludes, "cross-browser GUI Utopia seems as remote as cross-platform app Utopia with Java."

"But cross-browser native-GUI technology, in the form of the browser, has achieved a larger installed base than any software in history. It works. It's what everybody uses every day. And I think that's because it strikes the right balance between content-authoring and programming. What will it take to move portable cross-browser technology forward? I can hardly think of anything more vital to the future of software and the Net."

"The core standards are necessary, but not sufficient, for those "real" applications. I'm convinced browsers need a richer set of standard, hardwired widgets that go beyond HTML 3.2's widget set, and deliver what's been long standard in the GUI realm. Things like menus, tree controls, and grid controls. Look at how much mileage Zope gets out of its tree tag. This should just be a native widget! Of course, these things would be DOM-wired and scriptable."

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