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RE: [cors] Web application

From: Mike Wilson <mikewse@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 23:54:36 +0200
Message-ID: <BAY116-DAV3444D37606F3B4D11A2EEA43E0@phx.gbl>
To: "'Anne van Kesteren'" <annevk@opera.com>, "'Mark Nottingham'" <mnot@yahoo-inc.com>
Cc: "'WebApps WG'" <public-webapps@w3.org>
Message-ID: <007001c9ee03$dfed8e50$0a01a8c0@mikedeskxp>
Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:54:22 +0200, Mike Wilson 
> <mikewse@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> > > You said Web application has been traditionally used to refer 
> > > to server-side applications. Is there any reference for this? 
> > > It seems more logical to call those Web services to me. Also, 
> > > the name of this group suggests Web applications is pretty 
> > > much client-side so I'm thinking of simply removing 
> > > "client-side" within CORS.
> > 
> > I think this suggestion breaks with well established terms in
> > web application development. A short (and not very formal)
> > summary of these terms could be something like: [...]
> I note you did not define Web application.

Hm, I thought I did. I defined two types of web applications, client-
side and server-side, both of which are web applications. I would
expect the W3C webapps group to deal with both types, no?

Note that, while the webapps group deals with browser ("client-side")
technologies, these are used by both client-side and server-side
web applications, although to different extents.

> Wikipedia seems to 
> concur with me by the way (and the name of this WG):
>   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_application

No, they actually don't. The article is mainly about server-side
web applications with a few mentions about client-side webapps, not
only about client-side webapps as you indicate.

My other objection was about your suggestion 
  "Web application has been traditionally used to refer to server-
  side applications. It seems more logical to call those Web services 
  to me.". 
Check the wikipedia page:
and you'll see that they agree with my definition and that these are 
not server-side web applications.

Lastly, I had a look at the CORS spec and I agree that you should 
probably skip the use of "client-side web application". These are 
really just statistical measures, f ex current server-side webapps 
usually make use of some script for certain tasks, so saying "client-
side" doesn't really define anything.
If you want to make a point of that certain features require script
then it is better to write that - "web applications using script" -
or even "web sites or web applications using script" as CORS doesn't
really limit itself just to webapps.

Best regards
Mike Wilson
Received on Monday, 15 June 2009 21:55:24 UTC

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