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Re: can notebooks be activated on a web server?

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  • Subject: [mg13166] Re: can notebooks be activated on a web server?
  • From: dreissNOSPAM at (David Reiss)
  • Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 07:42:16 -0400
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  • References: <6nsjrn$>
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Take a look at to see Wolfram Research's
activities along these lines.


In article <6nsjrn$fai at>, "Ionel Simionescu"
<ionel at> wrote:

> Hi,
> 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?
> Thanks,
> ionel

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