[jsword-devel] Using native browsers in BibleDesktop

Joe Walker joseph.walker at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 00:35:46 MST 2005

I'd thought than Sun were making it easier to mix components in Mustang 
(Java6) but re-reading 
http://java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/J2SE/Desktop/mustang/ it 
appears I was mis-remembering.


On 6/18/05, DM Smith <dmsmith555 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I was surprised that Java's displaying of HTML has degraded under 1.5.
> There are a lot of workarounds in the HTML that we construct for
> BibleDesktop
> (which I thought that we could eliminate under 1.5) and it would be
> really nice
> to use a real browser.
> Joe has done surveys of alternates in the past and I recently took a
> look at
> where it is all going. While my survey is not anywhere as thorough as 
> Joe's
> it seems to me that development of a Java base browser is being dropped
> in favor of embedding a user's default native browser.
> Joe has started playing with JDIC (Java Desktop Integration Components)
> Browser component. I have taken a look at his effort and I see that there
> are two basic challenges. The first is that we need to be able to provide 
> a
> protocol handler to do linking to and within Sword modules. This looks
> like it is very doable. Joe has almost finished this.
> The other challenge is that the embedded JDIC browser is a heavy weight 
> and
> does not play well with Swing. I have not looked, but I bet that all other
> implementations of embedding the browser will have the same problem.
> So the question that this poses is "With what shall we re-write
> BibleDesktop?"
> And "Do we want to go this route?"
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