Tags for peripherial device control...

Chris Josephes (cpj1@winternet.com)
Mon, 8 Apr 1996 22:10:24 -0500 (CDT)

Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 22:10:24 -0500 (CDT)
From: Chris Josephes <cpj1@winternet.com>
To: andyp@teleng.eng.telxon.com
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Tags for peripherial device control...
In-Reply-To: <199604081448.KAA03063@www19.w3.org>
Message-Id: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960408220026.5022C-100000@tundra>

I think the idea of different peripherial input devices would be an 
interesting idea, but it may be better to handle by creating specific 
browsers before implementing tags.

I don't know that much about barcode formats, but I know a little about 
forms.  Let's say we had a form with the following field....

<input type="text" name="dataKey">

That related to a barcode number on a piece of merchandise.  Now let's 
say that you had two ways to input that key.  A keyboard or a scanner.

Instead of adding an attribute, why not program a custom browser that 
realises that an input key named "dataKey" can accept input from a 
barcode scanner.  That way the same web page with the same form can 
easily be used by a custom handheld computer with a lightwand, and also 
be used by a PC sitting on some desk using Navigator.

The big disadvantage to this is that no such system exists (afaik).  
Right now you'd probably find custom database software that could handle 
the job at a better cost.  But the big advantage of the web page solution 
is that the page is very easy/cheap to implement, and it's widely 
distributable since it isn't tied to a single databse platform.

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