Alternatives to browsers

Lajos Moczar lmocz at
Fri Feb 4 01:17:33 GMT 2000

At 08:47 PM 2/1/00 -0500, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
>> Actually, when I was an intern at Sun Labs in 1996, I 
>> proposed, along with
>> another researcher, a project to build a super-slim browser that was
>> essentially a Java run-time environment with SGML support. The UI and
>> everything would be downloaded as SGML and relevant helper classes.
>You'd have loved some of the things I did at NEC then... but I
>used s-expressions.
>I proposed to EBT to do this as well, but it never took off.

Anyone interested in building such a browser as an open-source project? I
have been wishing for years that we could evolve beyond the archaic browser
model that is currently in use and create an 'Intelligent Browser'. I'd
love to see a browser that spoke XML, SGML, HTML, etc.; not just for
reading but for writing as well (for communicating requests to XML-aware
servers). I've checked out Mozilla and DocZilla but they have serious
limitations, most notably that they don't exactly follow the 'super-slim'
model that I think we need.

If there is interest, I'd be happy to share my proposal in greater detail
with a view towards coming up with a specific project plan.

Lajos Moczar
Galatea IS Inc.
(303) 761-1667
lmocz at

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