Què ofereix XULRunner


El propòsit de XULRunner és el de proveir una solució per el desplegament d'aplicacions XUL ( principalment Firefox i Thunderbird ), també proveint un mecanisme d'incrustracio. Les següents característiques ja estan implementades o bé estan planejades :

Característiques de Gecko

  • Xarxa
  • Motor de renderització Gecko
  • Suport d'edició i transacció DOM (sense Interfície)
  • Criptografia
  • XBL (XBL2 planificat)
  • XUL
  • SVG
  • XSLT
  • Extres XML (XMLHttpRequest, DOMParser, etc.)
  • Serveis Web (SOAP)
  • Suport per Auto-actualització (encara no finalitzat)
  • Type ahead find toolbar
  • History implementation (the places implementation in the 1.9 cycle)
  • Accessibility support
  • IPC services for communication between gecko-based apps (not yet complete)
  • Storage/sqlite interfaces (not yet turned on by default)

User Interface Features

The following user interface is supplied by XULRunner, and may be overridden by embedders under certain circumstances:

  • APIs and user interface for installing, uninstalling, and upgrading XUL applications. See the wikimo:XUL:Installation Story.
  • Extension Manager
  • File picker (uses native OS filepicker as appropriate)
  • Find toolbar
  • Helper app dialog/UI
  • Security UI (maintenance of SSL keychains, etc)

Embedding APIs

The following embedding APIs are provided by XULRunner:

  • Cross-platform embedding (XRE_InitEmbedding)
  • JavaXPCOM embedding
  • gtkmozembed (Linux only)
  • ActiveX control (Windows only) (not yet complete)
  • NSView-based-widget (Mac OS X only) (not yet complete)

The "Maybe" List

The following features have been discussed and may be included if developer time permits and code size is controlled:

  • LDAP support
  • Spellchecking support (with or without dictionaries provided) see bug 285977
  • Core support for profile roaming (with application-specific extensibility)
  • PyXPCOM embedding (not yet complete) - but it does work, if you compile a custom build that includes the PyXPCOM bindings and there is a working python available. ActiveState uses PyXPCOM in their products.

What's out

XULRunner will not supply:

  • Bookmarks or History UI (must be managed by the application/embedder)
  • XForms (XForms will be available as an extension)

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