Vector graphics and Ajax are still a little way off, although SVG support in browsers is getting better. Have a look at Kyle Scholz' JSViz to see what can be done. (http://www.kylescholz.com) His interactive graphs will use SVG if it's available, otherwise fall back on plain old DOM.
In the end, though, it's horses for courses. Some things can be be easier in Flash or an Applet, especually in an intranet or similar where you can mandate the browser specifications.
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Dave, I looked at the link you gave but all links on that page are circular, I can't get anywhere in my FireFox 2 browser. But I clicked on the dojo ad on the right and found some very interesting SVG demos. E.g. http://www.dojotoolkit.org/node/353
From your reply my impression is that Prototype and Scriptaculous can't easily make a graphic designer for custom labels but maybe something like Dojo might. However it seems to be on the bleeding edge with one book in sight. In fact Amazon turns up only one, a Dojo Wisdom book that seems like Judo/karate - nothing to do with programming.
Would Prototype or Scriptaculous help make a cobrowse web site controller?
Could you do a co-browse with Ajax, sort of, you are not going to control the user's computer, but you can update fields and do things. Will not be real time.
The best soultion for that would be a Flex type of application. If you would have gone to any of the Ajax Events where Adobe talks, they show a Flex application that has video chat with the customer service and they take control of the screen to fill out the form.