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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.


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

by erik <erik@eae.net>

Friday December 6th, 2002 12:04 PM

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I do have looked closely at this. If you were into this scene you would know that :-) I love Mozilla and I love the W3C DOM but like previously stated the standards are not targeted at web applications. They are targeted at generic XML documents (maybe rightly so). A simple case is that there is no way to replace offset* with W3C DOM methods. (Another case is the scroll model.) There are tons of cases where features of modern web browser cannot be achieved using standards only. erik