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[REBOL] Re: extending IE with Rebol was RE: Re: Easy-Vid

From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 6-Jan-2004 16:11

Gerard Cote wrote:
>i Bran, > >I also thought about addind some COM interface for REBOL to be used instead of Javascript as the scripting language for IE but my >programming knowledge was falling short too soon. Sorry about that but life is like that. >
That is not imo needed. AFAIK even RT is interested in browser plug-in resurrection. Of course I have not studied consequences of the plug-in problem MS was sued patent-wise for. As a start, I would welcome something like following: 1) View engine - encapped app 2) minimal desktop - current View desktop is way too much similar to typical OS desktop. As for browser-plugin kind of app - users are NOT looking for rebol and its related docs, but they visit certain sites and want to try to run certain x-inet-apps. I have seen Java Webstart - it is very similar of "GO" View desktop button section, just nicer and with some auto-update abilities 3) autoupdate - 3 levels - a) core engine (plug-in) update - only needed when new version of View is released b) desktop (navigation app, call it whatever) package update - kind of similar functionality as how IOS desktop is updated c) particular end user app update - default setting via context menu (or other way) to allow or disable auto-update, notification of user of new updates etc. with ability to download them manually 4) installation - it would be good if ti could be installed as other plug-ins ... users brought to certain download area, detection of browser platform, offer of certain app. User would select place of installation (placement) and if possible, settings like proxy would be set automatically 5) new apps. So - once some site posts .rpl (whatever .rpl = rebol player), user would click it, and if rebol player plug-in is already in-place, it would be started and added to player's list (desktop) 6) in some distant future RT does plug-in with ability to display inside of browser window, but I think it would not be needed imo for kind of apps as demos, game packages, but would be handy for VID based forms embedded in your html presentation ... That is my pov, I even dare to think it may be a killer app, if promoted a bit and if it would be deployed into user's web experience and would not be difficult to set-up ... Let's hope View 1.3 and 1.4 bring-in some more innovations to View low level, as current demos are just too jerky, animations slow (show me someone smooth and fast scrolling and I will send you bottle of beer ;-), keyboard navigation insufficient and making small games almost impossible to produce ... -pekr-