IE 5.0 Review, Part V: HTML Applications (HTAs)
One of the nicer surprises in Internet Explorer 5.0 is the ability to create stand-alone applications. These HTML Applications (HTAs) behave like any other applications on your computer, whether they are written in C++, Visual Basic, or J++. HTAs are like a dream come true for programmers who want the power of Internet Explorer without its strict security model and user interface. Now you can create browser-dependent applications that display themselves to your users as a plain window, without any resemblance to Internet Explorer's window. Your application needs to define the user interface, all by itself.
In this column we'll teach you all about HTAs. In particular, you will learn:
- How to to decide if your next Web application should be an HTA
- How to create an HTA
- How to install an HTA
- How to trust an HTA
- How to customize an HTA - the
Be sure to read Peter's column on his Web-Based Presentation Conferencing (WPC) HTML application.
Produced by Yehuda Shiran and Tomer Shiran
Created: May 12, 1999
Revised: May 12, 1999