"The ease of HTML and server-side programming makes web
development, and the use of web applications, very popular. But
dogging the web application developer all this time has been one
nagging problem; what happens when the customer can't get access to
"Most of the options available to engineers thus far have either
been fragile, relying on the customer not to change the page or
close the browser, or they required the download of some software,
which is what we are trying to get away from in the first place.
Google Gears provides an interesting mid-point for web applications
client-side cache of data to drive their applications until the
user becomes connected again..."