More Flexible Client Programs
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We have identified the following inadequacies in current WWW
client programs such as Mosaic:
- Current general-purpose client programs are not easily customizable
for users with specialized needs.
Trying to anticipate and provide for all possible needs produces
a monolithic application program that is difficult to develop and
maintain and that performs some functions
well but others poorly.
- Current client programs were designed primarily for browsing and
file retrieval and do not provide good support for searching
and for two-way transfer to data between client and server.
Search capabilities should include query refinement, display and manipulation
of search results, and built-in support for standards such as Z39.50.
- Current client programs don't support name-to-location resolution
of location-independent filenames.
To solve the above problems,
client programs should be constructed with a modular architecture
so that special-purpose subroutine libraries for customization and
for supporting new capabilities may be linked in easily.
An open architecture should be used so that independent software
developers may easily add modules to the basic client program.
Sun Dec 18 14:22:28 EST 1994