while the interaction between a Web client and a Web server is stateless, the interaction with an interactive service is usually state driven. therefore the translation server keeps track of the state. but it also provides the user with forms to enter data required by the interactive service and converts the output from the server into HTML documents.
i believe the implementation of the translation server using the Interface Description LanguagE (IDLE) is done very nicely. it will speed up the integration of an interactive service into the Web dramatically. as a first step, this is a very reasonable approach. as a long term solution however, it may still be desirable to write a gateway to provide faster and more efficient access to the underlying data or database.
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