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Re: Emacs plugin system & Gecko embedding

From: R. P. Dillon
Subject: Re: Emacs plugin system & Gecko embedding
Date: Mon, 5 May 2008 09:16:41 -0700

On Mon, May 5, 2008 at 8:14 AM, Richard M Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:
   A browser inside Emacs: do you agree that this would only make sense
   if all text editing was governed by Emacs, i.e. each text area was
   handled by Emacs directly as a buffer?
   (Is that doable with the new Gecko library?)

I agree.  If it is a matter only of having a browser display inside
the Emacs frame, we might as well do so by fork/exec'ing the other
program and telling it to display on part of the Emacs frame.

It is hard for me to tell how much work this would be since I am so unfamiliar with both codebases - it would certainly be useful though.  I will try to research how this could be done; nothing in the Mozilla docs on embedding mentioned that it could be told to draw an a part of another window, but there may be a standard way to do this or perhaps I missed something in their documentation.  This may be the type of approach that offers a fairly good effort/benefit ratio though; every time I have to leave Emacs, it's a little annoying.

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