GTK HTML 5 update puts desktop apps on the web

first_imgWith Internet Explorer 9 appearing earlier this week, and Firefox 4 to release shortly, there’s bound to be more talk of what HTML 5 can make possible in the browser. So far HTML 5 has been linked with allowing for web video without a plug-in, browser games, and some very cool demos appearing from organizations like Mozilla.However, it’s not just entertainment that the latest browser technologies allow, it also makes it possible for software currently tied to the desktop to move over to the web. In order for that to happen certain libraries and APIs need to be ported to work with web technologies like HTML.GIMP running on a Mac using GTK+GTK+ is a free to use toolkit that creates graphical user interfaces for applications. It works on Linux, Windows, and Mac meaning the interface for your app, at least, will work across all platforms if you use GTK+. It’s also very popular and used in well-known applications such as Inkscape, AbiWord, GIMP, VMWare Player and many more. Even whole desktop environments use it like GNOME and KDE.But GTK+ is about to get a lot more popular because of a new feature currently being added. That feature is compatibility with HTML 5. What that means is, any app using GTK+ can potentially very easily run within a web browser.The videos above and below show that work is already well underway to make this happen:In reality this means applications tied to your desktop no longer have to be if they use GTK+. Instead, the software can be placed on a server and accessed through a web browser from anywhere while retaining the user interface and look of the desktop equivalent.That brings with it two main advantages. The first is that you no longer need to install the software on any machine as it’s just available over an Internet connection. The second is the fact you are saving remotely meaning a broken machine does not mean lost work.For the moment there’s no specifics on when developers can get a hold of the new GTK+ backend, but it certainly looks promising.Read more at Alexander Larsson’s blog, via Web UP8last_img read more