While implementing all of the features of xterm is probably not feasible, we should at least have a list of anything we don’t implement, or implement differently from xterm.
See also the ECMA-48 standard.
Error recovery and state transitions should follow this.
src attribute of
<img> is a relative URL
(or optionally a
file: URL), then
domterm html command should read the file
and embed it as a
(As long as no
--base option is specified.)
Sixel is an old raster image format supported by DEC terminals and some programs, including xterm. It is interesting because some programs (such as gnuplot) can use Sixel to interleave graphics and text, without requiring separate windows.
<canvas> element could be used.
We may want to support syntax coloring (including in REPL input lines)
and other highlighting.
If the DomTerm element is not the only element in the
<body> then the selection may be lost to another “widget”
unless we simulate the selection as a highlighted range.
The mark.js package may be useful.
Think about how to do multi-line paste.
Copying to HTML should convert
<div class='domterm-pre'> to
<pre> so pasting without stylesheets works better.
Handle saving and truncating scrolled-out output. Most terminal emulators have “max number of lines in scroll buffer” setting. What makes this a little tricky is because there may multiple windows attached to the same session. So this would require changes to the protocol for saving/restoring and syncorinizing sessions.
Some toolkits to explore for integrated browser/application:
qtdomterm consider using
QDockWidget so panes
can be moved between windows.
Implement “drop-down” mode.
DomTerm includes a “window manager” (implemented using GoldenLayout) that supports panes and tabs. If DomTerm is integrated in an application with its own window manager, such as Atom or Visual Studio Code, it would make sense to instead integrate with the latter manager.
Theia and Jupyter use PhosphorJS.
Similarly, when running under a tiling window manager using the latter to manage panes and tabs is likely preferable.
Atom packages are in
Seemingly helpful tutorial:
Keybindings for line-edit mode are controlled by a keymap data structure (based on browserkeymap, and the defaut bindings can be changed by the serrttngs file. This needs to be generalized to other modes.
The idea is the line-editing mode would provide the functionality of readline or similar programs.
The idea is readline would delegate basic line editing (and re-display) to DomTerm, while DomTerm would call back to readline for command completion, history, etc.
This has a couple of advantages over plain readline: One is to have mousing actually work (i.e. no more readline not being able to move the cursor on mouse-clicks). Another advantage is local editing, which is a benefit over slow links (such as satellites) or when you don’t want to interrupt the server needlessly.
Readline should at least behave as if the screen width were infinite, delegating line-wrapping to DomTerm.
A process may "print"/paint graphics with event handlers. For example a button. On clicking the button, the click should be bundled as an event objects sent back to the inferior.
Zsh editor (zle) supports Emacs-like mark and region. Emacs has a “shift-selection” state, which we would like to emulate.
On mouse selection, or a shift-motion command (such as Shift-Right), should set the region in shift-selection mode: We send Ctrl-Space to the client (setting the mark) at the “anchor” and move the cursor as needed. We also (locally to DomTerm) set the “shift-selection” mode. If when in shift-selection mode any (special) key is pressed without the shift modfier, then shift-selection mode is turned off, the selection is collapsed, and Escape - Ctrl-Space is sent to decativate the region.
Can do this lazily, so we only get the selection highlighting: On mouse selection or shift-motion command
We can do this when loading a DomTerm web-page, by
having the server add
<script> elements to the
generated web page.
More flexible is do it dynamically:
This works by essentialy doing
For this to be useful we need to better define the DomTerm JavaScipt API with extension hooks.
A useful extension library would be a plotting library. The Plotly looks powerful (and big), and controlled by a JSON-able data structure.
A "notebook" is a saved (and potentially executable) representation of a session.
IPython/Jupyter has a JSON encoding for "notebooks". This is flexible and extensible, but requires special tools.
The format must be XML-compatible (XHTML) so it can be parsed by XML tools such as XSLT.
Specific format TBD.
A notebook may be include additional resources in other files, such as images. If notebook consists of multiple files, they should be bundled in a zip archive (like LibreOffice does).
Tools to convert to and from Jupyter format would be nice, so we should avoid gratuitous conceptual incompatibility.
Detachable sessions (similatr to GNU Screen and tmux) means that a front-end can disconnect from a session, while the session (child process) persists. The same or a different front-end can later re-attach to the session.
DomTerm implements detachable sessions using a combination of check-pointing the display state, plus having the backend recording output commands since last check-point.
This can can handle unexpected detaches, as when a connection dies. However, it’s a bit heavy-handed: check-pointing should only save parts of the state that have changed. (This gets a bit tricky when there may be multiple windows displaying the same session, combined with not-yet-implemented auto-trunctating of old output.)
A DomTerm front-end can used used to display sessions running on remote backends. The challenge is having the remote sessions persist if connection is lost. Managing state for a detached session is handled by the domterm backend, which therefore needs to run remotely. However, the part that manages windows and commands needs to run locally.
The solution is to run the backend in proxy mode. Supposed the user types:
This can be implemented bying having the (local) backend do:
(A password may have to be requested.)
--browser-pipe option is a special kind of window-specifier:
Instead of output being sent to the browser, it is written to stdout;
input from stdin is (mostly) sent to the
(“Mostly” because the remote domterm processes certain
escape sequences. For example the
is used to change the pty window size.)
The local domterm backend acts as a proxy for the remote backend.
It is also useful to be able to connect to a remote backend, directly from
a browser, without having to install a local
That requires a remote
https server, and has some more
permission and security complications.