[whatwg] What improves Web applications?

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Aug 5 01:30:03 PDT 2004

On Thu, 17 Jun 2004, Pete Harlow wrote:
> Thinking about my earlier reply to this post reminded me of something I 
> tried in the mid - nineties. My client at that time made railway ticket 
> vending machines. These generally had a PC inside, gubbins for handling 
> cash and something to code and print magnetic tickets. The PC generally 
> had a standalone application to generate the GUI, etc.
> Anyway, the point is this. The devil was in the details, this particular 
> devil was getting data in and out of the coin system, ticket printer, 
> etc.
> If Web Apps had some hook in it to do this sort of communication by 
> passing XML fragments to peripherals, it could have a bright future in 
> this kind of application.

Wouldn't running a local Web server with CGI scripts to do the low-end 
work be the best solution to this? The problem with allowing Web pages to 
access peripherals is the high likelihood of security issues arising.

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