The Next Step: Plug-in
"That sounds like a great idea," David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails, wrote in response to questions about the Gears on Rails project. "I don't personally have that great of an interest in offline Web applications, but this stuff would be super for those who do. While it's probably a small fraction of developers out there who'll bother to make offline-capable applications, it doesn't mean that it's not important for those who do need it. However small a percentage that may be."