[REBOL] Re: REBOL Browser Plugin issues
From: dness:home at: 26-Jun-2001 2:29
Carl Read wrote:
> Ah - I think I get what you're on about. You want the programs you
> write and run yourself to be able to choose specific browsers,
> whereas Stirling is imagining others using your programs and being a
> bit surprised when that browser they'd forgotten they'd installed
> suddenly fires up. I can see that this could be useful.
> Carl Read
Yes. You get it. Perhaps it's the difference between `users' and
`clients'. `Users' may want to be in control, but my clients pay
me to make design decisions on their behalf, and are not interested
(often) in second guessing me.
If you get a lot of experience with browsers, something which I would
_not_ reccommend to most, you'll find that there are a lot of subtle and
a few not-so-subtle differences in capabilities between them. And being
able to `manage' this choice is just as important as it is to not require
that it be made.
I believe a system is more robust if it does not require a commitment
from ground zero to `who's in charge here'. For some tasks it will be
the end user, but for others it may well be the designer. Precluding
either one doesn't strike me as wise, and languages that can not
encompass both are likely to be of only limited value.