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.
#26 New termcap entry?
Wednesday September 29th, 1999 8:07 AM
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Interesting thought...obviously wouldn't be feasible for a while...
I could forsee having an XMLTerm entry in termcap/terminfo...then all the escape sequence->XML could be handled for you by the termcap/terminfo lib.
Obviously, it would take a while for something like that to be distributed far and wide enough to actually make it useable, but it may be something that should be worked towards.