We are building an application that will be distributed to clients on a CD. The purpose of this application is to deliver PDF documents requested by the client. We are looking to build an application that is easy on the eyes and allows management of the files on the CD. For example, the application would have a button that once clicked on would open up a certain PDF document on the CD.
We already have a web based design/layout that we use for other purposes, but we already have a structure and source files so it would be relatively cheap to go that route. The only problem is I don't know if HTML is able to do system file handling. I think that's more PHP based and that person is not really familiar with PHP. Just HTML and a bit of CSS.
Anyways, my question is if you can point out some of the advantages and disadvantages to building this application (which sits on a CD) in HTML or other web language -- VS -- building a windows application with VB, ASP, or other frameworks such as Adobe Air, or others.
Need Pros and Cons.