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Re: Emacs Webapp/Plugin

From: Alex Bennée
Subject: Re: Emacs Webapp/Plugin
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2013 11:03:19 +0100

On 29 July 2012 11:53, Paul Michael Reilly <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM, William Gardella <address@hidden>
> wrote:
> <snip>
> Again, my goal is to have a seamless, robust Emacs experience when editing
> or viewing files in a Web constrained device.  Nothing exemplifies the
> experience I am after more than visiting an org-mode file on my server
> directly or via something like Google Drive or Drop Box and having the file
> handler be Emacs, i.e. I visit https://my.server.com/foo.org and rather than
> see the browser display something akin to "Sorry, I don't know how to deal
> with that, Jim", I want the opened tab to display what org-mode would
> display and keystrokes in the tab to be interpreted as org-mode would, by an
> Emacs instance handling the file.

Sorry to jump in on an old discussion but you may be interested in:


Which needs a dev-mode ChromeOS and Crouton install but attempts to
give you that experience. At the moment the development version of
Edit with Emacs allows a "foreground" message to be sent to Emacs to
bring it to the front of the display (handily bound to a keyboard

> Using an ssh type mechanism is neither seamless, robust nor practical.
>> Other than that, I think the cause is basically hopeless; a Chromebook
>> is a Tivoized device.
> My cause is not hopeless, I am convinced.  I've never used a Tivo so I do
> not understand the analogy.  Also, I use the Chromebook as a name to
> characterize an experience: where a browser is the main (possibly sole)
> application and all computing is done via URL references.  This computing
> model is important to me because it enormously simplifies my computing
> environment and allows me to focus on hacking rather than system
> administration.  It also allows me to use commodity hardware, although I
> will be the first to admit that the initial Chromebook devices were
> underpowered and less than useful.  On my MacBook Air, I basically use
> Chrome and Emacs, which was the catalyst to asking the question: is there a
> way to combine the two seamlessly?  I cannot imagine Emacs ever being a
> Chrome replacement but I can imagine Emacs handling a file in a Chrome tab.
> Now I just need to find a practical way to make it happen. :-)

It's what I'm aiming for. I have a Pixel and I use Chrome for all my
web browsing and have an Emacs session running which I can bring to
the fore to deal with email (mu4e) and development work.

The only current wrinkle is a bit of a pain if the Chromebook suspends
while Emacs is in the full frame confuses the Aura WM. This usually
entails entering the console crouton shell and deleting the frame by
hand. However I'm working on better integrating with ChromeOS power
management to auto delete the frame when the system suspends.

Alex, homepage: http://www.bennee.com/~alex/

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