Controlled by the web

Alan Falconer Slater

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This paper provides a brief description of a software tool developed within the TLTP Interact Project which allows application programs, concurrently executing within a Unix environment, to be controlled by scripts delivered to Mosaic from W3 servers. This tool was developed to allow the coupling of interactive simulations of scientific and engineering phenomena with courseware provided by W3. This software is known as the Interact Communication Facility (ICF). The features of the ICF include: • The ability to allow application programs to receive control messages and data from scripts embedded as links within HTML documents. • The use of HTML fill-out forms to enter data intended for application programs. • A simple interface to allow programs to control Mosaic, including the automatic execution of Mosaic if it is not currently being used. • A means of allowing secure execution of applications from scripts. This avoids the security problems associated with allowing Mosaic to interpret arbitrary shell scripts. This paper provides an overview of the ICF together with an example showing the use of Mosaic in conjunction with a simple graphical program. © 1994.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-295
Number of pages7
JournalComputer Networks and ISDN Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1994


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