Limited functionality browser window to display PHP pages linked to MySQL

I currently have a simple Time Clock application that logs in a user with a password and timestamps that user when s/he clicks clock in.  Then whenever that user logs in again, it checks to see if s/he has already clocked in and presents a clock out page as necessary. This application works great.  I would now like to create a standalone application that uses a window without the address bar or any of the other menus.  I can accomplish this with a popup window, but I would rather not use a popup window as the main screen because the user has to close the initial browser window.  What would be the best way to accomplish this?  What language would be the simplest to write this in?  Any pointers as to where to start would be appreciated.
smiffdogAsked:
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shmertCommented:
There is no dialog prompting that the window should be closed.  If someone links to your entry page, maybe a good thing to do would be:
* Open the new javascript window without any location bar
* Check if there is history in the browser window, and go back 1 page if available
* otherwise, just close the window (somone typed the URL in directly, or opened your timer app in a new window anyway)
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shmertCommented:
well, if you open a popup window with javascript you can always close the opening window with

window.opener.close();
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smiffdogAuthor Commented:
but if you use window.opener.close();  doesn't the user have to affirm that the window is actually supposed to be closed?  That is what I'm trying to move away from.  
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smiffdogAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.  Because of the window.opener.close(); script, I got something to work.  In the entry page, I used --window.opener='  ';  to make IE think that the main window is actually a sub window.  Then I used the window.close() to close the main window with no prompt.  So, I think you deserve the prize because you did point me in the right direction.

By the way, I wanted to put a shortcut on their desktop or maybe open the timeclock up automatically when the user logs on his/her computer in the mornings.  That is why I needed to close the window seamlessly.

Thanks
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