Information about iHTML
Inline's iHTML web server extension tools add functionality to web site creation that increases the value of a web site initiative while drastically reducing development time. iHTML can be used in a number of situations. iHTML provides a robust back-end system on which to base your new dynamic Web Site. The following are some of the Web applications that can be built with iHTML, giving you unprecedented flexibility and ease of maintenance.
If you have an ODBC compliant database that contains information you wish to publish on the Web, iHTML makes accessing that data very easy. Information such as stock levels, current pricing, order status and allowing order entry can be done using iHTML.
Dynamic VRML Worlds
iHTML is a tool that improves and enhances the serving of HTTP data. Since HTML and VRML both use the HTTP protocol, iHTML can serve dynamic VRML. What do we mean by this? Simply put, it is possible to use iHTML and a database to store the information about a VRML world within the database. Then to change the world, only the database needs to be modified which can be done through the browser as well. VRML sites built this way will be far superior due to their extended interactive nature. Using iHTML makes this a reality today.
A large relatively untapped market exists behind the firewall in organizations of every size, the Intranet. Intranets are the use of Internet technology within the boundaries of a company to improve communications and centralize information for easy access. iHTML makes maximizing the usefullness of your Intranet possible.
Running a Commerce Site
Since iHTML can perform math functions and uses databases, it only makes sense that Commerce sites use iHTML to take orders, show stock levels, calculate prices and other administrative duties in selling goods over the Internet. Gone is the expensive, time consuming task of writing CGI scripts, use iHTML instead. iHTML will work using SSL and other secure http protocols.
Featuring dynamically generated pages containing products taken from your catalog database, and the ability for both local and remote administration through a Web interface, this package provides a shopping-cart paradigm for the online shopper.
Most telephone support centers have a database of knowledge, customers and outstanding calls. This information, if accessible via the Web, could drastically reduce the number of phone calls to the center. Allowing customers to browse the knowledge base for answers or to enter a call directly from the web will obviously reduce costs and improve customer service. iHTML makes this possible by connecting to any ODBC compliant database and being able to access the necessary information.
It is possible to use iHTML to generate graphics images dynamically. What this allows is the booking of seats in a theatre, restaurant, or trade show from a graphical interface. Seats that are taken will be indicated as such and those available could be selected and then reserved. The graphics pack allows a whole new world of generating dynamic graphics based on user input.
Web Mailing List Manager
A complete email list manager, with interactive user registration forms, automatic distributed and moderated mailing lists, and a complete web-based administrative back-end can be created using iHTML. Using iHTML you can send email from your web documents for such things as Tips, News or other broadcast type situations. It can also be used to send information to a user after submission of form data such as download file location or activation keys.
Knowledge Testing System
Using a database and iHTML it is possible to create product knowledge testing systems, provide test preparation for educational and training institutions or to build distance education systems.
Electronic conferences are a fundamental communications mechanism on the Internet. Using iHTML and a database, it is possible to create a messaging system that allows users to post messages and organize them into a searchable category based discussion forum.
iHTML can be used to generate HTML pages on-the-fly. Any HTML or iHTML tags can be contained in a database or variable. When resolved to data, it could contain more HTML or iHTML tags. This allows you to generate HTML pages and therefore customize content based on user input. Content can also be customized based on the time of day, the IP address of the user or the type of browser being used.
Online Site Maintenance
Using the browser as a front end to databases or applications even further standardizes the manner in which employees access corporate data. Allowing updating of the single datasource keeps both the internal and web site systems in sync and live. If a site is generated from data in a database, the site can be entirely maintained from within the browser environment.
Site Management & User Tracking
With the error trapping functions in iHTML it is possible to have automatic page self verification. It is also possible to check all the links on a site to make sure all pages exist. With the logging features in iHTML, users behaviour can be tracked and the site changed to suit users activity with the site.
Virtual 'Instant Web Site' Creation
Using a database to store page layouts and site features, it is possible to create small static sites for users on the fly. By entering standard information about a company into a database and selecting colours, backgrounds and style, a site can be dynamically generated. Changing the look of the site is as simple as changing a field in the database and regenerating the site.
Sites make money by generating advertisement revenue. To make significant amounts of money from advertising revenue, a site needs multiple advertisers. Using iHTML's iRANDOM feature, it is possible to create random advertisement's based on weightings of the ads. It can also track the total impressions of each ad for pricing structure improvements.