On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 7:45 AM, Boyd, Todd M. <tmbo...@ccis.edu> wrote:

> Gears will allow you to do a lot of things. So will site-proprietary Firefox 
> extensions that go well outside the realm of basic client-server interaction 
> via webpages. I was under the impression that Gears requires a local 
> installation of their client library in order to work.
> I don't think "download this new extension so you can upload files to our 
> site" is going to go over so well.

Of course not, but

a) browsers don't have it built-in, yet (I was working on trying to
make a "standard" that I could pitch to browser creators)
b) how do you think the flash or java applets got there anyway? :)

Have a standard upload form. Tell people if they want more advanced
multi-file support, progress support, etc, etc, install Gears as well.

To me, Gears should be something just like Flash and Java... and I
think is lighter-weight and allows for extending browser capabilities
across nearly every platform without learning new languages.

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