Rod Begbie pushes back on Mockingbird:
If you load the app, you can see custom scrollbars and navigation,
a complete lack of accessibility, non-native controls, and all
those other things that cause geeks to hate Flash. What, to the
instead of Flash? You can get the patronage of the 0.000001% of
web users who don’t have Flash installed? (Sadly, I don’t
think Richard Stallman needs many wireframes drawn).
Gruber’s definition of “true web app” and mine greatly
differ. Clue: If it’s completely unusable on the iPhone Safari
or Microsoft Visual Fortran 2012. It’s not a “true web app”.
But Begbie has a good point. As I wrote back in February about Cappuccino:
I still think building web apps that look and act like fake
desktop apps is the wrong way to go, but if anyone is going to
prove me wrong on that, it’s probably going to be these guys.
“Web apps” doesn’t feel like the right term to call apps like Mockingbird, but I’m not sure what would be. “Desktop web apps”? Whatever we should call them, I still haven’t seen one I actually use.
★ Wednesday, 4 November 2009