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[REBOL] Re: Watson - what is so special about it?

From: dada:gecko:verizon at: 26-Aug-2002 9:10

> ... but I believe that Sabin is referring to the fact that a Mac > user normally doesn't start an application and then open a file > within that application, but simply double-clicks on a document > (file) and the appropriate application is automatically launched > and the file is loaded (or run, as appropriate).
Yep. :) That is *exactly* what I'm talking about. And, since OS X doesn't have a Rebol/View port yet, the only option I have is to open terminal, run rebol and then call the script. Or, call the script as an argument to the rebol command from terminal -- either is clumsy for the average user. So, if you want to try and replace Watson with Rebol, there has to be a) an OS X native Rebol/View app, b) a method by which to associate a stand-alone Rebol/View script with a user's pre-existing Rebol/View app. Perhaps someway to package the Rebol/View application and the script as a single download?
>The "magic" that runs AppleScript (or any other truly Mac-aware >language) works in that fashion.
Right :) Not magic, but a process that happens when an application is native to the OS it is running on. This seems to be a weakness with Rebol -- requiring the user to have the development kit installed along with the script you are distributing. Though, it's not a big weakness, because of the small footprint of Rebol in general -- but it did keep me from doing something Rebol does well on Mac OS X. sd -- striving to be unlike gregor samsa : [sabin--onegecko--com] :