The term RIA (Rich Internet Applications) refers to web applications that have the features and functionality of traditional desktop applications, it means Rich Internet Applications are a cross between web applications and traditional desktop applications that shift some of the essential processing among the bulk of the data for the user interface to the Web client while rest of some remain on application server.
In the Rich Internet Application, the term ?Rich? stands for the broad range of media includes multiple fonts, vector and bitmap graphic files, animations, online conferencing, audio and video. It sooths to the eyes and the materials are more catchy due to its richness medium. e.g. any picture in the flash is more attractive than ordinary still picture.
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