Squeak web browser

David Faught dave.faught at gmail.com
Sat Jan 20 17:18:39 UTC 2007

Here are a few observations about improving the current status of web
browsing in Squeak:

After looking through both Scamper and MediaView code, I think that
the best approach for coding an improved web browser natively in
Squeak would be to work directly on improving Scamper, and maybe use
elements of MediaView as a general guide to what might be done with
Scamper.  Reference the discussion around

For this approach, it would probably be useful to upgrade/replace the
HTTPSocket code with either the HTTPClient code or the Curl plugin
that have been talked about.

In my opinion, a better approach would be to build a plugin based on
Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine, or
http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/XULRunner, or maybe even
http://ubrowser.com/ and probably requiring the VM changes that
Andreas Raab posted on this list a while ago for doing callbacks.

For the reasons outlined in my 3 Feb 2006 diary entry at
http://people.squeakfoundation.org/person/dfaught/, I will personally
not be doing anything at all with any of these approaches, so feel
free to explore this area.  I am abandoning this particular project
because I have contributed very little to it outside of some research,
and feel that my time is better spent elsewhere.


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