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Hal -

HTML is the baseline from a technological point of view, but of course
it comes with its own set of usability problems.

Ajax and DHTML can be used to overcome these, making the resulting
interface *easier* to use, not just more entertaining (or whatever it is
that some people think they are doing when they add unnecessary
interaction).

I talk about these on my Ajax Design and Usability course (some details
below) but they are things like getting users' attention without popup
message boxes that have to be dismissed, and avoiding the 'click here if
you have changed the quantities' often seen on shopping basket pages.
You also have the chance to dynamically adjust forms according to
earlier responses, but I would exercise some caution in that area.

Regards,

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