[thelist] Web based applications

Kristina Floyd kristina at kfx-design.co.uk
Thu May 24 16:49:27 CDT 2001


  Have you considered Flash?  (Though I note you have said without
  those tools, Flash wasn't listed)  Especially if download isn't a


Thursday, May 24, 2001, 9:47:40 PM, you wrote:

NM> Wonder if I could ask you guys to delve into your wealth of varied
NM> experience?

NM> My company is about to task me with building web based applications (using
NM> nice NS&IE 4.x compliant code - np) that will display lots of analysis
NM> data/graphs and location maps all within a confined environment.  Now they
NM> already have a desktop application that does this, but they want a web
NM> version that they can sell subscriptions to.  My question is this: do you
NM> guys have any examples of web based applications, such as finance, weather,
NM> sports results etc. that's might involve any of the following:

NM> - A map with points drawn on it, where a user mouses over a given point, and
NM> a pop-up (attached to the cursor) appears with some live data in it.
NM> - A map with transparent overlays that can be switched on/off showing
NM> various transparencies.
NM> - Same as above, but with animation controls to animate (step) through
NM> individually rendered graphics [JPEGS] (without having to use a server-side
NM> program to render all the images into one animation).
NM> - A clickable location map, where a list of available data appears once a
NM> location is clicked, and from there the option to interrogate the data and
NM> return data either in tabular or graph format.
NM> - Graphing with threshold setting/changing ability.

NM> Now my key concern is that although this will effectively be on a web site,
NM> I would like it to behave more like an application (even if it takes some
NM> time to load) as you would expect on your desktop.  I can achieve most of
NM> the above by using layers, and timelines (in dreamweaver) that work with IE
NM> 4.x and 5.x, but nothing that works with NS 4.x

NM> I've looked at ArcView and GIS, which seem ideal, but I'm being asked to do
NM> something WITHOUT those tools for now.

NM> I sincerely appreciate any input offered.

NM> Thanks

NM> Nick

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