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.

#22 unclear on the concept

by andyc <>

Thursday December 5th, 2002 6:43 PM

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Erik. You have to like it or anything. But you're obviously missing the point about how this works.

It's not a DHTML page like you seem to think. It's a stand-alone application that's built upon Moz's ass-kicking support of standards. Look at the "features" page on the site and you will see what it is.

And I chose Mozilla *because* of its standards support - after tossing out IE for it's lack of same. I used the W3C specs as my reference while building this - and the match was perfect. How much closer to standards can you get?

The only Moz-specific stuff I used was for decoration: curved edges and transparency in the menus.