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Delivering Rich Web-based Applications with Mozilla

Wednesday December 4th, 2002

Andy Cavatorta writes: "Mozilla can be used to deliver rich stand-alone applications as easily as you can deliver documents. And I brought proof!

"My example is a client program that generates and manages a rich GUI, processes data, and communicates with the server in the background. There's even some server push and snap-in code libraries. And it's all W3C compliant. Proof of the power of the lizard!"

Andy's application is an email client called Nervemail which runs entirely in a browser. It allows you to set up multiple POP3 mail accounts and then access your messages through a Web-based GUI. A demo is available on the site. If you decide to set up an account, remember that the application is still in the alpha stage of development, so don't rely on it for anything important. You'll probably want to check the 'leave mail on server' box for each of your POP3 accounts (in Edit > Options) so that you can still collect your mail with your regular email client.


#21 Re: Re: Re: How is this new?

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Thursday December 5th, 2002 5:54 PM

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" I still long for the day when things like these can be done without any browser dependencies. But I guess that is never going to happen because the W3C does not target this when designing the standards."

Eric, you obviously haven't looked closely at this technology. The reason the author chose Mozilla was because of Mozilla's world-beating support for Web standards like the W3C DOM and ECMAScript (JavaScript). This client sounds far closer to your ideal than any of the apps you mentioned. When the other browsers support the standards as well as Mozilla then maybe your dream will be realized.

--Asa