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Web Application Interface Standards and Guidelines

Why standardize?

The purpose for standardization is to make our products easier to use, without enforcing uniformity.

With standards for our applications, the following advantages are realized:

What is an application?

There are two important differences between informational Web pages and what we consider Web applications:

What is addressed by these standards and guidelines?

We recognize that the needs of applications, as identified above, differ from the needs of informational pages. Thus we feel the need to provide a somewhat different standard for applications.

We have provided information based on our expertise and hope that this will be a living document - i.e., that other developers will contribute their own experiences and suggestions.