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.

#5 More Third-Party Innovation: XMLTerm

by Tekhir

Monday September 27th, 1999 10:27 AM

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I don't think Mozilla is "trying to fill more niches than for which it is needed." Mozilla and Netscape 5 will still be the basic Communicator Suite. If 3rd parties want to build cross platform apps then it is fine with me. I would use Be more if I could get a decent browser and a few other things.

This is an example of one of XMLs key benefits, cross platform communication between apps. Sure a native one would be smaller, but this is probably small too.

This is one of the reason why MS was so scared of Mozilla at first. Applications written in HTML and JS could be on ever platform which supports the browser.