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[REBOL] Re: REBOL Plug-in for MSIE and other browsers

From: gscottjones:mchsi at: 13-Jun-2002 13:58

From: "Gerard Cote"
> Hello Rebolers,
> Can some expert Reboler tell me why the Inferno plug-in (available from > can be installed > and run on IE 6.0 while this can't be done with REBOL. I know that the old > scheme of using the EMBED command is no more supported by MSIE but Inferno > seems to use the OBJECT tag instead.
I am not expert, but I acted like one for Halloween one year! :-) If I recall correctly, newer IE's require an ActiveX plug-in, rather than using the original Netscape protocol. We carped, and howled, and moaned, and cried so much that finally Rebol Technologies (RT) undertook to write the ActiveX version. They even released a first alpha that worked by launching a REBOL/View instance. However, the resulting app wasn't *embedded* in the window. We all sweated, and hoped, and prayed, and tried to be helpful, but apparently it became clear to RT that it wasn't a good ROI for them. Besides the "point" of REBOL was to break with the "Web" and use the "Net" more efficiently as pure REBOL. So the project was shelved indefinitely, as far as I know and recall. I appreciated the effort put in by RT, and could readily appreciate the position that they were (are) in. I still wish we had an embedded version of REBOL as a show-case of the technology, if nothing else.
> Is there someone here that has the knowledge and time to write something > like this ? Anyone interested ?
If I understand correctly, one would need to re-write the REBOL source, making interfaces exposed through ActiveX interfaces. Unless I did a Rip van Winkle, RT has not quite yet released the source. :-) 8-))
> Can someone tell me if we could get some ROI with this kind of product or
> we loose our time instead ? > > Can we further enhance the Inferno OS by making available a calling
> for Infernmo to start our REBOL apps ?
I don't have an answer for these questions. Sorry. Inferno is a neat product, and obviously is in the same concept as REBOL. Hope this explanation fills in some gaps. Eternally Hopeful, --Scott Jones