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can notebooks be activated on a web server?

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  • From: "Ionel Simionescu" <ionel at>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 03:44:19 -0400
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I'm evaluating Mathematica, sorry for any redundancy in Q's.

Question 1:
Let us have written a Notebook, test.nb. One can then post it on a web
server as HTML or as is (provided that the user will pay the time to
download MathReader).

However, given the advent of scripting languages, and the progress in
server technology I think it wouldn't be extremely difficult for a
server to post MATHEMATICA-enabled DHTML documents, where the kernel
specific "action" is done server side and the front-end part is taken
over by the client via scripting.
Suppose Wolfram Inc. offers such a service by a (cluster of) servers;
these will revolutionarize the publishing tech in the sense that will
(fully) expose the power of a notebook to the Internet (audience), and
still preserves the proprietary code and the engine protected on the
server side.

Q1: any project already going for this idea?

Question 2:
Another interesting idea is about the COM technology  (Windows 32 -
specific, sorry).
Right now, M' is an OLE container, but it does not seem able of
interacting with the contained objects in the way possible in a DHTML
document (that is by scripting).
Embedding an ActiveX control in a Notebook and being able to really
interact with it would definitely make a difference, thus allowing free
extension for the front-end as well as MathLink allows extension for
the kernel.

Q2: is such functionality available or to be expected with newer
versions/ packages?


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