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
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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 http://pages.prodigy.net/hmmanju/xmlterm 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.
#23 More Third-Party Innovation: XMLTerm
Wednesday September 29th, 1999 2:15 AM
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Not to deny Moz's power, but it's far from an OS! Our beloved lizard, XP or not, still relies on many rather complex APIs in it's hosting OSes.
What I'd like to see is a super-tight Mozilla/Linux integration, because then you are talking about an incredibly powerful & tiny combination and thus a CE competitor with amazing potential -- imagine the ease a developer could approach it with. So many people have learned to develop for the web because it's EASY, and opening a platform to that ease is truly compelling.
I'm sure this stuff keeps Microsoft awake at night! Looking at the past we know that accessibility of programming has scaled with processor power, so since Moore's law still reigns we're constantly able to create higher-level, more encompassing procedures while making their overhead insignificant. Once can almost feel the bar lowering...
I think this lowering significantly increases the chance for true componentization of software.. "Don't need Word, here's simple edit for free - oh, you need a spell checker, you can get this 50,000 word one for $5 or this super-fancy one with grammar checker one for $10, click here to try it free." Building and promoting a better mousetrap would no longer be a daunting task, because you can do just one thing better, without having to replace (and sell) all of Office to do it. I hope so, because I think an army of 'little guys' can far, far better represent the diverse user base than a handful of 'big guys'