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Commerce Client Technology

The ability to program browsers has been applied in many ways to Internet commerce. As discussed in the section on Object Technology, commerce functionality can be distributed to the desktop, with advantages in privacy, convenience, and interactivity, but also with potential disadvantages in security, universality, and reliability.

For some aspects of client technology, there are alternatives such as server-side wallets, which can be implemented in a system such as the federated commerce architecture example in Chapter 21.


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