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On the web platform cornucopia

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeb Engineering - 19th International Conference, ICWE 2019, Proceedings
EditorsMaxim Bakaev, In-Young Ko, Flavius Frasincar
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030192730
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Web Engineering - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 11 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Web Engineering
CountryKorea, Republic of


The evolution of the Web browser has been organic, with new features introduced on a pragmatic basis rather than following a clear rational design. This evolution has resulted in a cornucopia of overlapping features and redundant choices for developing Web applications. These choices include multiple architecture and rendering models, different communication primitives and protocols, and a variety of local storage mechanisms. In this position paper we examine the underlying reasons for this historic evolution. We argue that without a sound engineering approach and some fundamental rethinking there will be a growing risk that the Web may no longer be a viable, open software platform in the long run.


  • HTML5, Progressive Web applications, Software engineering principles, Technology design space, Web engineering, Web platform

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland