[CS-FSLUG] Browser Text Editor Application

EnzoAeneas enzoaeneas at gmail.com
Tue Sep 28 08:46:04 CDT 2010

Yes it is. Check out Mozilla Skywriter (https://mozillalabs.com/skywriter/),
formerly Bespin.
I keep up with it on the mailing list and all one would need to do is
implement the server side pieces so that one could save and load locally.

Or you could roll it into an extension for Chrome or Firefox.

I wonder though, why? To have a simple plain text editor while browsing or a
simple plain text editor that is rendered using a browser and can take
advantage of what that environment can offer?

I am (in my spare time) working on an SVG browser for Open Clipart Library (
http://www.openclipart.org/) and I am using Firefox as the basis for it. I
originally was going to use Mozilla's XUL, but with Mozilla's HTML and
Javascript-based Jetpack maturing slowly and the improvement of Javascript
libraries and browser adherence to standards, I have decided to make it a
web application that can run in the cloud or locally and use HTML5, canvas,
svg, XML, XForms, and Javascript.
But for what I am trying to accomplish, this makes sense.

What use cases do you envision?

--Kevin James

On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 8:50 AM, Ed Hurst <ehurst at soulkiln.org> wrote:

> I see a lot of writing about building applications to run in the web
> browser. Is it possible to create a simple webpage on a Windows machine
> which allows the user to load the page locally, and have inside the
> browsers
> what amounts to a nice plain-text editor? Something that will allow you to
> save the file back to your harddrive?
> I've seen some really fine text editors on various websites. I'm wondering
> how complicated it would have to be, but at the very least the spellchecker
> is built into most browsers, just as you have with many text input areas on
> blog sites.
> Ed Hurst
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