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Responsive Interaction for a Large Web Application: The Meteor Shower Architecture in the WebWriter II Editor.

Crespo, A. and Chang, B. and Bier, E. (1997) Responsive Interaction for a Large Web Application: The Meteor Shower Architecture in the WebWriter II Editor. Technical Report. Stanford InfoLab. (Publication Note: Sixth International World Wide Web Conference. Santa Clara, CA. April 1997.)




Traditional server-based web applications allow access to server-hosted resources, but often exhibit poor responsiveness due to server load and network delays. Client-side webapplications, on the other hand, provide excellent interactivity at the expense of limitedaccess to server resources. The WebWriter II Editor, a direct manipulation HTML editor that runs in a web browser, uses both server-side and client-side processing in order toachieve the advantages of both. In particular, this editor downloads the document datastructure to the browser and performs all operations locally. The user interface is based onHTML frames and includes individual frames for previewing the document and displayinggeneral and specific control panels. All editing is done by JavaScript code residing inroughly twenty HTML pages that are downloaded into these frames as needed. Such aclient-server architecture, based on frames, client-side data structures, and multipleJavaScript-enhanced HTML pages appears promising for a wide variety of applications. This paper describes this architecture, the Meteor Shower Application Architecture, and itsuse in the WebWriter II Editor.

Item Type:Techreport (Technical Report)
Additional Information:Previous number = SIDL-WP-1997-0058
Uncontrolled Keywords:Application Generators; WWW; Meteor Shower; Responsive Interaction; Large Web Application; Webwriter; Webwriter II; Webwriter Architecture; Browser-Based Editor; Server-Based World Wide Web Applications Construction; Web Page Generating Programs; Direct-Manipulation Web Page Editor; Server-Based Authoring Tools
Subjects:Computer Science > Digital Libraries
Projects:Digital Libraries
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:247
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:25 Feb 2000 16:00
Last Modified:01 Jan 2009 12:44

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