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Re: lynx-dev More discussion about javascript

From: Vlad Harchev
Subject: Re: lynx-dev More discussion about javascript
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 15:47:36 +0500 (SAMST)

On Wed, 26 Jul 2000, David Combs wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 26, 2000 at 09:16:34AM -0500, Martin McCormick wrote:
> > 
> <SNIP>
> > >         The discussion on the lynx list is serious in that people are
> > > wondering if it would be better to try to adapt the Mozilla source
> > > code to fix the GUIproblem rather than rework lynx which is, according
> > > to those who know a lot about it, beginning to truly show its age.
> > 
> <SNIP>
> > 
> > >         It would seem to me that Mozilla is in a unique spot with the
> > > open source and the fact that it already does java and javascript.  In
> > > other words, it should be easier to give Mozilla a non graphical user
> > > interface to coexist with the present GUI than it is to try to make
> > > lynx pretend to be Internet Explorer or Netscape.
> > 
> > Agreed.
> > 
> Uh, I'm not so sure.
> First, one of the many reasons lynx is so nice
> is that it is SMALL.   Starts-up FAST.
> More important for me, anyway, is that I run
> lynx from a *shell account* on my isp -- no gui stuff,
> no mice, the fanciest you CAN do in shell acct is
> vi or lynx or trn type cursor jumping (and colors
> for those who know how to set it up -- I have
> never succeeded).
> Of course, I *could* use the (Netcom-only?) program 
> "slirp", that somehow lets you pretend you are
> a pc-like computer (I suppose) with ppp or slip or
> other scheme.  
> But I don't WANT to run web stuff via a GUI -- I like
> having (1) lynx (2) often mutt (3) often trn "up"
> at the same time, and can get back into any one
> via, of course, an "fg" into it.
> I really LIKE lynx, the vi-keys hjkl, the L command,
> the V command, and so on.

 The console interface for mozilla is discussed (so in theory it would be
possible to use it from the shell acount if such flavor of mozilla was
available). But I doubt it will exist, and if it did it would be huge 
(about 20 Mb of disk space will be required) and I doubt ISP will allow to run
it from shell account.

> ---
> I wonder -- what would be difficult about somehow
> using their javascript-parsing routines -- hopefully,
> netscape wouldn't be threaded throughout it?
> Or at least for any NEW ns-development; COULD maybe
> be done so it could ALSO be used within lynx.  (?)

 Mozilla and NN are written in C++, lynx is written in C - so it's impossible
to use mozilla code in lynx without human or automatic translation from C++ to
C if we want lynx to require only C compiler. C++ compilers are not available
on every platform for free.

> David
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