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Re: An Emacs plug-in for a browser (Firefox?)

From: David Hansen
Subject: Re: An Emacs plug-in for a browser (Firefox?)
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2008 23:36:32 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

On Sat, 06 Sep 2008 17:04:19 -0400 Richard M. Stallman wrote:

>     Why not ?  See this thread :
>     http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2008-05/msg00456.html
>     He already embeds emacs within emacs. Embedding firefox (or chrome, or
>     midori, or whatever) shouldn't be much harder.
> I have no idea what you mean by "embedding".

Joakim wrote a patch that allows him to display arbitrary GTK Widgets in
a buffer.  This could either be used to directly link Emacs against the
Gecko or WebKit GTK Widget, or to use the special GTK widget "GtkPlug"
which embeds an application capable of the XEmbed protocol.

>     > I would be very glad to see people start working on some of them.
>     >
>     That's if we want to make emacs itself display the web page.
> Yes, exactly.  What else could we be talking about?

Just to give you an idea (OK, that includes the compiled files):

[~/src/WebKit] $ du -hs .
1.3G    .

I'm not quite sure where you want to get the resources to realize such
a huge project.

> If you want to request, from Emacs, the display of some HTML through a
> browser, we already have that feature.  We do this by invoking a
> separate browser process.  That way is much cleaner.

Someone mentioned that it would be really cool to access all the DOM
stuff from Emacs Lisp.  I have to admit that this would be pretty
appealing (though I'm not sure if it's really worth the work).

You could write nice filter for the web, e.g. remove ads, filter cookies
or change images of your president to "hello.jpg".


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