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    What XULRunner Provides

    The goal of XULRunner is to provide a solution for deploying XUL applications (primarily Firefox and Thunderbird), as well as providing an embedding mechanism. The following features are either already implemented or planned:

    Gecko Features

    User Interface Features

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

    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) Obsolete since Gecko 7.0
    • 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)

    Document Tags and Contributors

    Contributors to this page: fscholz
    Last updated by: fscholz,