iHTML 2.20 is an extension to HTML that runs on a web
server. It provides over 350 new functions to HTML without having to upgrade
the client browser.
iHTML is the toolkit for developing dynamic Internet and Intranet
sites. With most corporate data already residing in electronic format in
databases, why duplicate the effort on an Internet/Intranet. Use iHTML
to access the data seamlessly and build in intelligence at the same time.
Providing information to employees in an easy to access and timely manner
promotes better communications within the organization and therefore outside
the organization as well.
Many companies are publishing static Web sites around
the world but few are on the leading edge of creating dynamic, functional
and valuable sites that save business time and money. Using iHTML to publish
order status, stock status, and product information is an easy way to save
money using Internet technology. The data is never stale since it's coming
from your existing real time database system. Customers are more loyal
and better served by providing them with the information they need, when
they need it. At the same time, costs can be lowered by the reduction in
information request phone calls.
Moving an information providing Web site to another level
involves allowing users to add, update and delete specific data in the
corporate information system. By using iHTML and a well laid out secure
access plan, customers can enter their own orders, update them or cancel
them. Using a standard front end GUI such as a Web browser for access to
corporate data, leads to more productive employees. It is possible to run
a complete client/server implementation using Internet technology and iHTML.
iHTML is implemented as a DLL (shared object on Linux/FreeBSD) which means that it is loaded
when the server is started and remains in memory and active until the server
is shut down. Since the program is in memory, the database connection is kept
open which improves database performance. CGI's on the other hand have
to load themselves at each request which takes up valuable processing cycles.
Therefore, iHTML is much faster than other CGI based systems.
iHTML is not just an HTML extension toolkit. It intercepts
HTTP requests, interprets the iHTML tags, converts this to native data
and serves the data to the client. Therefore, it can be used for VRML as
well. Creating dynamic VRML environments will be a significant future development
on the Internet. Using iHTML, it is possible to do this now. iHTML runs
on Linux/FreeBSD & Windows NT®/2000/XP with Apache, Netscape, Microsoft, O'Reilly or Zeus Web servers.
EASY TO USE
Many other database connectivity tools require that multiple
pages be set up to perform the database queries. iHTML uses only the single
HTML page. In this way, it is much easier to use and maintain when all
the HTML formatting and iHTML extensions are together on one HTML page.
Much corporate data is stored in databases and with the
emergence of the ODBC standard, most database providers have an ODBC driver.
iHTML can access any database system through an ODBC compliant data source.
This gives the greatest amount of flexibility and allows the combination
of data from a number of databases on a single web site or Intranet. And yes, ODBC
does run on Linux/FreeBSD (www.unixodbc.org)
When the source of pages built with iHTML are viewed from
within a browser, the underlying database and other commands are not viewable.
iHTML's processing is done at the server and as a result, only regular
HTML data is sent to the browser.
Why alienate the millions of Web users that have 16bit
the plug in required to view a site as it was intended. iHTML's processing
is done at the server so any browser capable of viewing regular HTML files
can use all the benefits that a site has to offer.
30+ ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
Environment variables hold data that is available within
the server about the current environment. Information on where a user came
from, their IP address, and their browser is very useful and can be used
to provide better data to the client and for logging purposes to better
focus the web site and marketing.
iHTML 2.20 is a large improvement over first generation
database connectivity packages due to the 350 plus new extensions that it
to add the necessary functionality to a web site. Now, iHTML can provide
the same and more functionality without alienating users that don't download
plug-in's or have an older less functional browser. The Internet was developed
to provide server centric computing with a standard interface. iHTML allows
this to happen by providing the extensions to the server rather than the
iHTML 2.20 is available in six different editions that
allow a user to move up to the more powerful functions and features as
their needs grow.
Platform: Windows NT/95/98/2000/XP, FreeBSD, Linux
Web Server: NSAPI/ISAPI/WSAPI compliant (Apache, Zeus, Netscape, Microsoft, O'Reilly)