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A web application is essentially a web site that does something more than simply displaying online content, such as text, graphics, video, audio or other digital files. A very common type of web application is a content management system (CMS) which allows only authorized individuals to use an interface provided on a web site to change the content that is displayed on other portions of that web site, or even other web sites. The simplest type of web application in common use is the feedback form, a page or portion of a page on a web site that allows one to provide one's opinion about a given subject and submit the text to a web site. Such forms often generate an email and/or have the submission logged to a file or database. As for the most complex web application, there exists no limit. Web applications may consist not only of a single software program but numerous, interconnected software programs which themselves are tied to various content display files.

last updated 2008.02.19

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