App-less Web Apps

On 37signals :

What makes a web-app an app? I’d argue it’s not the functionality - there’s a lot of functionality on the web that we wouldn’t explicitly consider a "web-app." I’d argue it’s the account, the infrastructure, the multi-page UI, the navigation between elements, the billing, the overview pages, etc. That’s the stuff that makes a web-app an app.

Now, what if we removed all of that? What if a web-application looked more like a web-document? What if the whole "application" was a single document, a single URL? What if the interface was one page? No account, no preferences, no settings, no "navigation" in the traditional sense. What if you could email it around just as you do a photo or a file attachment?

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