More Third-Party Innovation: XMLTerm

Monday September 27th, 1999

R. Saravanan has sent in to us a copy of his recent posting to the xpfe and unix newsgroups. He writes:

"XMLterm: an experimental Mozilla terminal

Real time chat ...
Real time messaging ...
Now, real time computing ... (no controversies here, I hope!)

An early prototype of XMLterm, an XTERM-like terminal program implemented using the Mozilla layout engine, is now available to tinker with. XMLterm aims to add graphical and hypertext capabilities to the XTERM command line interface, while maintaining backwards compatibility.

The basic design philosophy of XMLterm is that the user interface is a dynamic XML document. The user and the computer interact by taking turns at appending to this XML document. The plain text content of the XML document, i.e., excluding any markup, corresponds to the plain text that would be displayed by a plain XTERM. The markup in the XML document is used to add graphical and hypertext features. XMLterm uses the Mozilla layout engine to display the XML document.

See for more information, screenshots, and downloads. XMLterm is a non-commercial open source project in its early stages. Comments and contributions are welcome!"

Definitely check it out! You can download the source, or, if using Linux, you can download a binary for use with M9. There's a lot to see at that site (and quite a bit not mentioned in his announcement). What are "Pagelets"? I'll let you find out for yourself, but they're worth seeing.

#17 More Third-Party Innovation: XMLTerm

by Anon

Tuesday September 28th, 1999 10:02 AM

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I am inclined to agree with this approach.

Java is one thing, and MacOS and Windows is another, but here in a kind of creep creep progression, Mozilla is beginning to encroach on all their territory. (for a user anyway) You can already create a full windowing environment, with tools such as word processing etc etc (ok performance isnt so hot, at the moment), and it is easier to develop than a native app for -any- OS out there.

I think this is the way to go, and the only real way the networked world can really kick in. Nothing can be 'off-browser' if we want -everything- to be integrated.