GUI apps in javascript without a browser?

I would like to use javascript to develop general-purpose GUI applications. Initially these are to run on Windows, but I would like them to ultimately be cross-platform.

Is there a way to do this without having to make the application run in a browser?

Answer

Check out Adobe AIR.

From Wikipedia:

Adobe AIR is a cross-platform runtime environment for building rich Internet applications using Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, HTML, or Ajax, that can be deployed as a desktop application.

Also check out Mozilla Prism (in beta).

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