Re: [dev] Interesting post about X11

From: Robert Ransom <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:44:23 -0700

On Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:51:01 +0100
Connor Lane Smith <> wrote:

> On 15 June 2010 09:58, Robert Ransom <> wrote:
> > - a terminal emulator written in JavaScript
> > - which produces its output by manipulating XML DOM objects
> > - which in turn cause a browser to rerun its page *layout* algorithm
> > - and then redraw the terminal screen
> You have heard of HTML5's <canvas>, right?

No, I hadn't. Does that only bypass the text layout step, or does it
allow directly painting on the screen?

> It's the JavaScript which makes me balk. I think the web will be a lot
> nicer to develop for once browsers begin to understand that <script
> type="text/x-python"> means it should spawn a (sandboxed) Python
> interpreter, etc.

Try <script type='application/python3'> or <script
type='application/scheme+r6rs'> (the text/* media types are supposed to
be for content meant to be displayed as text, and in a format that is
human-readable if displayed as plain text). Or try scheme2js.

> However, HTML and HTTP do not form a panacea. It's just the "in thing"
> nowadays to write slow, buggy clones of existing software in
> JavaScript and to call it innovation.

But they added ‘social networking’!

Robert Ransom

Received on Tue Jun 15 2010 - 23:44:23 UTC

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