[development] SoC: Multi-site administration through rich XUL client

Gerhard Killesreiter gerhard at killesreiter.de
Wed May 3 02:11:21 UTC 2006

Ben Francis wrote:
> Khalid B wrote:
>> Is XUL the correct approach?
> I did wonder this myself, but note that the specification states
> "XULRunner", which I have interpreted as meaning a cross platform
> desktop application (like Firefox or Thunderbird) rather than web
> application.
> This is the reason I am asking whether writing an API with something
> like SOAP would be appropriate. This would expose the Drupal module to a
> desktop client as a web service but also enable anyone to write their
> own custom web app which calls the API. I may even do this in the future
> as well.
> At first, I was a bit dubious, but now that I've thought about it I
> think this would be a very useful and flexible way of implementing the
> administration tool to make it useful to a lot of different people
> (including myself).
> I would love to have the opportunity to write a PHP module, a web
> service and a JavaScript/CSS Desktop XUL application - it would be my
> ideal project. The only question is whether this can all be completed in
> the allotted time.

I am wondering a bit about this as well. I think that such an 
application would be very useful, but also quite complicated.

I know that David Carrington once made an attempt at an XUL theme. His 
efforts can be seen here:


IIRC he didn't develop it further because he found that he had to 
re-implement a lot of functions.


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