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Re: lynx-dev JavaScript again (was no subject)

From: rjp
Subject: Re: lynx-dev JavaScript again (was no subject)
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 11:49:35 +0100

In message <address@hidden>, 
           Klaus Weide writes:
> On Wed, 20 Oct 1999 address@hidden wrote:
> > Lynx has no internal document structure
> That alone seems to make javascript (as usually used) pretty much
> pointless for lynx as it is.

On the whole, yes, it does.  :-(  However, it's still possible to use
Javascript'd links and "correct" form validation routines.  

As regards Lynx's lack of internal document structure, it's not difficult
to build something that creates an object tree *if* you have well-formed
documents or an error-correcting parser.  If SortaSGML can be extended to
become error-correcting, then I have the object tree code already.  Then,
all that needs doing is to figure out how to render the object tree.

I did have the idea of replacing Lynx's internal "objects" with Javascript
classes and objects.  It simplifies things, not only with regards to 
Javascript, but with regards maintainability et al.  It would be a huge
change in the internals of Lynx, though, possibly too big to consider
without a very great need.
rob partington % address@hidden %

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