web app or internet app (was: The End of Usability Culture?)

16 Nov 2004 - 3:28pm
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Frank Ramirez
2004

Is it a "web app" or "internet app"?

>From m-w.com:

Main Entry: In.ter.net
Pronunciation: 'in-t&r-"net
Function: noun
: an electronic communications network that connects computer networks
and organizational computer facilities around the world

Main Entry: World Wide Web
Function: noun
: a part of the Internet designed to allow easier navigation of the
network through the use of graphical user interfaces and hypertext links
between different addresses -- called also Web

According to MW, the difference would depend on the app's use of
"hypertext links between different addresses".

Andrei, does the poker app use hypertext? Does is link to other
games/pages/sites on the WWW or stand-alone?

BTW, sorry to be pedantic about this.

Main Entry: ped.ant
Pronunciation: 'pe-d&nt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French, from Italian pedante
1 obsolete : a male schoolteacher
2 a : one who makes a show of knowledge b : one who is unimaginative or
who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge c
: a formalist or precisionist in teaching

Frank

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Andrei Herasimchuk:

> Unless of course you meant "without inducing"

Yes, sorry, without inducing. I mean, couldn't you just describe the
darn thing in a sentence or two? What's the runtime? Is it just data
update in the background? Any different than what a dynamically updating
Flash app would do? Is it something you couldn't do with HTML+updating
variable data without page refresh?

Ziya
Nullius in Verba

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Comments

16 Nov 2004 - 3:46pm
Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

On Nov 16, 2004, at 12:28 PM, Frank Ramirez wrote:

> According to MW, the difference would depend on the app's use of
> "hypertext links between different addresses".

So if a link is used as an action like posting financial information or
credit card, as is the case with nearly all browser based app out there
like Amazon.com and eBay, are we saying those aren't "web apps." Does a
hypertext link have to appear strictly as a textual link or can the
link be disguised as a graphical button?

I think the MW definition is a bit off.

> Andrei, does the poker app use hypertext? Does is link to other
> games/pages/sites on the WWW or stand-alone?

It's a mixture. But I'm still not sure I agree with the premise of the
definition from M-W. Hypertext is but one expression of the concept of
a "link." To tie a definition of something as large as the "world wide
web" into a specific, arbitrary expression of a UI convention seems
wildly wrong to me.

Andrei

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