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Re: LYNX-DEV Re: Table support in lynx

From: Jason F. McBrayer
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV Re: Table support in lynx
Date: 27 May 1997 10:59:39 -0600

>>>>> "t" == tzeruch  <address@hidden> writes:

t> On Fri, 23 May 1997, Pete Ruczynski wrote:

>> > > I also noticed a suggestion to support the applet tag, is this
>> > > in the pipeline?

>> > It's doubtful much will be done with this.

>> Seems a shame, surely it should be fairly straight forward to add
>> support similar to the way that image support works, i.e. to run
>> appletviewer when invoked, you need a little more work to pick up the
>> parameter block but other than that it should be simple.

t> linux has a mechanism for running html documents containing
t> <APPLET> tags directly.  Check out the binfmt_java in the kernel
t> source tree, and follow it up.  It isn't perfect, but it may be
t> possible to integrate something at that level (save-and-execute).

You can do pretty much the same thing on OS/2, as long as you launch
the file from the Workplace Shell.  But that's still a little kludgey,
and in some cases you may not know whether a page has an applet or

Derek Decker's Lynx/2 does what seems to me to be clearly the right
thing in terms of Java applet support.  It puts a little notice on the
page ("This page has a Java applet; type 'j' to run it."), and then
simply passes the page to applet.exe (OS/2's appletviewer) when the
user hits the "java key".  I'm not sure whether it passes the URL or
the path of the html tempfile.  Applet.exe would handle either one.
Once applet.exe is spawned, Lynx doesn't have any more responsibility
over the applet.  Lynx doesn't have to understand the parameter block
or anything, either, since applet.exe gets the complete html file or
the original URL.  It works pretty well, and is more or less
consistent with the way Lynx handles inline images.

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