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Re: lynx-dev javascript idea

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev javascript idea
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 21:59:50 +0100 (BST)

> for those cases where the script action can not be deduced from
> the source (or for convenience), is there a site where one could
> send the string to, and get back the result --- and if so, could

No.  Because the scripts act on the document and browser object
models which reflect the state of the current page, including 
any forms on that page and the state of the browser.  Any remote
site is not going to have access to that information.

Another, more subtle factor is that there is no general way of
determining whether a script will ever complete except by running
it until it does complete, so any remote service would have to
arbitrarily terminate long running scripts.

Simple popup a window scripts can probably be handled, but you will
need to send all the script definitions and external script file
references from the page, not just the onclick action string or
the contents of the javascript: pseudo URL.

What would be the business model for such a service, though?

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