Re: Forms support in clients

Nathaniel Borenstein (
Wed, 28 Sep 1994 02:47:02 +0100

Excerpts from www-talk: 27-Sep-94 Re: Forms support in clients Karl
Auerbach@cavebear.c (2188)

> If those documents are to have access to resources outside of those
> they carry along inside of themselves, i.e. if they update shared
> databases or interact with third party machines, the use of security
> gets even more interesting; and I think that it then goes well beyond
> the concept of a neutered "safe" execution environment.

I think you'll find this addressed at least partially by ATOMICMAIL's
file system, Safe--Tcl's distributed libraries, and the Safe-Tcl
two-interpreter extension model. Check it out.

> Then there is the nearly 100% severable issue of clients putting
> things into a server. My favorite example is a periodic polling
> script that would let me know when a new document of a certain type
> appears in the server. This is perhaps a robot issue, but it is
> something I think many commercial users would want. (Or, as a
> scientist, I might want a poll script to watch for new documents which
> pertain to a certain process or which cite some previous document.)

> It is this latter possibility that intrigues me. I don't know that it
> fits very well with the current architecture.

I'm not sure, because I don't understand this example. When the new
document comes to exist, what exactly do you want to happen? -- NB