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Molecule editor have become essential building blocks for modern chemistry related databases with structural operation available. It was quite a challenging task to input molecule structures in a web browser before Java Applets technology was applied in chemoinformatics. Until now, Java Applets are still the de facto standard for web based databases. With the development of web technologies and script programming, Ajax, a Web 2.0 technology, is becoming mainstream in web development. This gradually eliminates the need for plug-ins such as Java and ActiveX. Therefore, it is possible to develop powerful web-based tools without plug-ins.
jsMolEditor’s source code is available at http://github.com/chemhack/jsmoleditor/.