Rover Mosaic: E-mail Communication for a Full-Function Web Browser


Abstract

The increasing availability and power of mobile computing devices are creating a demand for network applications which can accommodate slow or intermittently available network connections. A prototype system for browsing the World Wide Web on such a network was implemented, using caching, prefetching, and queued communications to hide communication latencies. Electronic mail was used as the underlying transport mechanism because of its ubiquitousness and fundamentally queued operation. A modified user interface based on NCSA Mosaic was designed to accommodate queued communications. The experimental system was found to be well-suited to the task, as well as to have significant advantages in the areas of reliability and user interface functionality.


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