Mozilla Foundation and Opera Software Describe Joint Vision for Web Application Framework

Tuesday May 25th, 2004

The Mozilla Foundation and Opera Software have published a paper outlining their vision for Web applications. The paper, submitted in preparation for next week's W3C Workshop on Web Applications and Compound Documents, describes a device-independent Web application framework based on HTML and backwards-compatible with existing Web content. The two organisations are keen to get parts of this framework in place soon to prevent a single-vendor solution (see Microsoft's position paper) becoming dominant. Co-author Ian "Hixie" Hickson's provides more insight in a recent weblog post on the matter.

#8 Re: Re: KISS *is* the right way forward...

by buff

Wednesday May 26th, 2004 8:12 AM

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KISS is definatley very important. I used to be a Flash developer it would always make me cringe a little when a customer wanted to do their whole web application in Flash. I always felt it was easier and worked better to just use plain HTML and serve page content up using MySQL. The flash web applications would end up getting really large, were difficult to maintain source code with (no clear separation of business logic and presentation), and loaded slowly for dialup customers. Once in a while I would like to add a graph or animation to describe the results of an inquiry. If SVG was an option then I wouldn't have had to use Flash at all. To this day I still have not seen a decent Flash web application being used commercially that has made any money. This is kind of interesting since Macromedia is pushing Flash MX as the right way to make web applications. Unless so had an intensive multimedia based application I couldn't reccomend Flash for a web application.