(One more try, to correct the formatting in the previous post.)

Kurt Goolsbee wrote:

> What does the list think about a web browser as a UI for commercial AS/400
> software.  (Like, dislike, absolutely under no circumstances...)

I truly dislike this idea. I use several differnet transaction based web
"applications" such as banking, and shopping. In my opinion, the browser
makes a very poor interface for these types of applications. In fact, I'm at
a loss to think of ANY type of application that has been improved by a
browser based UI.

Let's just quickly take a look at a few examples:

Application Type      Traditional GUI             Browser Based

Email client               Outlook                         Hotmail
News                       Gravity, FAgent             Various web fora
Product Docs           Context Sensitive Help   IBM InfoCenter

I find that browsers tend to be good at what they were designed for -
rendering a document for display, but are generally a poor means of
collecting, validating, and processing data.


John Taylor

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