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Re: call function in other window ?

From: tomas
Subject: Re: call function in other window ?
Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 10:54:21 +0200
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On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 10:14:22AM +0200, Emanuel Berg wrote:
> > I wouldn't be so sure (Adobe would sell my
> > grandma if that were profitable to them).
> > Besides, it seems to be known outside of
> > Adobe how to "do" Javascript in PDF anyway.
> >
> > But my main point was the irony [...]

> Man, how on earth did this happen? It is so
> bizarre. Isn't the PDF something that came out
> of Xerox PARC and the PostScript stuff in the
> 70s-80s? While JavaScript is part of the
> 90s Netscape era with the whole Internet or
> "world wide web" mania?

Historically it's far more interesting than that.
Javascript is an heir to self, right there where
OO, functional, interpreters and compilers meet
(think Jit, for example). A very interesting spot.
Lua and LuaJIT did better, but benefitted a lot
from hindsight and much more freedom: the web's
sucess means there's no backtracking; once some
idea is "out there", it will stay there, to embarras
the designer in eternity, because people are using

It's just the fight for the "user's device's" control
(Applet, Active-X (remember those?) Flash, Silverlight,
Javascript, not in strict order), then the Holy Grail
of Apps and some form of perverted Java (never thought
*that* could be done) in everyone's pocket, car and sex
toy. That's why Free software (the real Free, written
with a big "F") is more important than ever. And not
just the Free software, but awareness out there.

Sorry for the mess. I just got carried away.

- -- t
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