Monday, February 13, 2006

like projects

The open xul alliance has an big list of projects just like ptl. Openlaszlo claims to have something to do with this sort of thing, but I haven't seen that substantiated yet.

Openajax is one of many "ajax" projects, which are related to ptl, because ptl is seeking to lead the world as a complete ajax solution.

ptl is like xulrunner

There's another project like ptl, called xulruner. It seems to have started with firefox 1.5, or about last Spring. It contains common controls like buttons, text boxes, and check boxes. It also looks to include file selection dialog boxes and maybe a spelling checker and corrector.

I think the major difference between ptl and xulrunner is that xulrunner has a special xml vocabulary called xul, which it uses to define the gui (graphical user interfaces) for the programs. Ptl just uses html, so the programs can interchangeably run offline, or over the web, just like any other web application. The other advantage of ptl just using html instead of xul, is that you don't have to learn a new language. And we don't have to support the overhead.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

ptl tools

Here are some tools we may want ptl to include.
  1. file io
  2. shell access
  3. file selection dialog box
  4. spelling checker and corrector