Gartner Research

Web Presentation Technologies

Published: 07 May 2007

ID: G00203327

Analyst(s): Richard Monson-Haefel


Choosing a web presentation technology for a specific application requires that organizations understand application requirements and available alternatives. In this Technical Position, Senior Analyst Richard Monson-Haefel provides general guidelines for selecting appropriate web applications based on pure Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and rich Internet application (RIA) solutions.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Typical Requirements

  • Web Accessibility
    • United States
    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Other Nations
  • Reach
  • Responsiveness
  • Network Load
  • GUI Sophistication
  • Graceful Adaptation
  • Arbitrary vs. Captive Audience
  • High-Level Tooling
  • Seamless Integration


  • Pure HTML
  • RIA
    • Ajax
    • Flash
    • Java
    • Non-Pervasive Solutions
  • Adaptive RIA

Future Developments

  • Broader Adoption
  • Adobe Systems and Microsoft
  • Improved Tooling
  • Best Practices
  • New Web Frameworks

Evaluation Criteria

  • User Audience
  • Responsiveness and Sophistication
  • Corporate Policies
  • Developer Skill Sets and Tools
  • Existing Infrastructure

Statement & Basis for Position

  • Use pure HTML.
  • Use Ajax.
  • Consider Flash or Java.
  • Consider any RIA solution that supports Web Accessibility.
  • Consider any RIA solution with high-level tooling.
  • Consider any RIA solution.

Relationship to Other Components

Revision History

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