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Re: really attracting developers


From: Chris Vetter
Subject: Re: really attracting developers
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 11:25:12 +0200

On 2006-08-30 19:44:27 +0200 Michael Thaler <address@hidden> wrote:
On Wednesday 30 August 2006 14:41, address@hidden wrote:
True, especially regarding Gecko. However, using libwww WOULD be an
idea for writing a _very_ simple webbrowser. I was thinking about
that, using libwww as a bundle, so it could be easily replaced in case
WebKit (or something else that's better than libwww) came along.
What is a _very_ simple webbrowser good for? I don't think many peope are interested in using such a browser if there are far better alternatives like Firefox and Konqueror.

Put it this way: Why is there links, lynx or w3m, when there's Firefox or Opera?

If it has a modular struture, it would be a starting point for a more complex web browser by replacing existing (simple) plugins with more sophisticated ones, like the rendering engine. The original browser could use libwww, if something like WebKit would become available, simply replace that plugin with one that uses WebKit. Additinal plugins, eg for bookmarks, history or a download managre can be added later on. Having the simple webbrowser grow into a full blown web browser suite.

Additionally, as already pointed out, it can be embedded, eg. for context sensitive Help.

It could also be used as a starting point for a CSS/HTML editor (think Nexus).

--
Chris





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