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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [RT] Is Cocoon Obsolete?
Date Mon, 03 Oct 2005 15:53:55 GMT
Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:

> Ross Gardler wrote:
>> ... a  rich client requires higher bandwidth.
> This argument absolutely bogus.
> Google Maps, for example, is a way richer client than, say, MapQuest 
> but consumes a fraction of the bandwidth, because using the web in a 
> more architecturally consistent way, it can take advantage of the 
> browser (or local proxy) caches.
> If you were to deliver a mapping applications to, say, schools in 
> africa, which one would you use, MapQuest (where every click is a new 
> 120Kb gif file) or GMaps (where there is virtually no traffic 
> generated at all after the initial load... which, for normally, can be 
> consumed by a local transparent proxy)?

I would (and actually do) use Mappy (, which has 
provided for ages a flash-based GUI that receives vector data from the 
server, and which is snappier than GMaps. Bitmaps suck when it comes to GIS!


Sylvain Wallez                        Anyware Technologies
Apache Software Foundation Member     Research & Technology Director

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