web applications vs. custom desktop application

web applications vs. custom desktop software.  These are the two scenarios that I am posed with in designing an attendance/registration system for our organization.  Are there disadvantages to web application vs. a desktop software.  I imagine there is more power in the coding aspect of most programs compared to web application development.  I know its an abstract question, but I wanted to see what the experts have to say on this subject.   Is there really no difference?  The application I will need to design will register individuals, take their daily attendance, and then output statistics.  Also any ideas on how to best develop such a program may be appreciate.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
…   designing an attendance/registration system for our organization.

I see these things now all web based. I would not want to download software just to register for something. Counting attendance may be different.
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