Well, if you use IE, and you're building a web app in a trusted security zone, I don't see any of this as being too difficult. Can't you host the Office spellchecker inside IE? You can stop users from closing their browser (well, you could warn them at least), you should be able to do some things offline, you can do some OOB stuff using IE (think OWA) so even if all the data isn't loaded client-side, you can send updates to the server and retrieve information without needing a full HTTP round-trip. Obviously XUL or XAML will change things in the future, but I'm under the impression that a lot of this is doable at the moment - if you have an appropriate trust level between the the application server and the client. Cheers Ken ----- Original Message ----- From: "Joel D Canfield" <joel at spinhead.com> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 3:18 AM Subject: [thelist] Spolsky: things you can't do really well in a webapplication Quoting from Joel's (the other one, not me) latest article: ====================================== Here are a few examples of things you can't really do well in a web application: 1. Create a fast drawing program 2. Build a real-time spell checker with wavy red underlines 3. Warn users that they are going to lose their work if they hit the close box of the browser 4. Update a small part of the display based on a change that the user makes without a full roundtrip to the server 5. Create a fast keyboard-driven interface that doesn't require the mouse 6. Let people continue working when they are not connected to the Internet ====================================== So, I'm curious. Some of 'em seem, conceptually, simple. Spell checker? Keyboard driven interface? I appreciate the qualifier 'well' in his comment, but is this really accurate, right now today? joel -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !