Weekend Discussion

Friday March 24th, 2000

Time for another weekend discussion. The question this weekend:

What do you feel is an appropriate level of integration between a browser and an Operating System? And at the other end of the spectrum, what are your feelings about Mozilla's cross-platform approach?

#12 It all depends on who programs it :)

by WillyWonka

Saturday March 25th, 2000 8:39 AM

You are replying to this message

I would like to see more programs use the mozilla code to interact with the operating system.

I wouldn't mind having a cross platform shell which uses mozilla, but if I want to use Browser X as my web browser, I should be able to without having to worry about Mozilla taking over items which should be left to the web browser - like browsing the net!

I think we're actually already on our way there with XMLTerm. Its not totally cross platform, yet :), but its getting close. It takes the underlying os and creates a graphical command line using the mozilla XP engine.

If you can launch a browser window from xmlterm I hope it uses the system defined browser as opposed to defaulting to Mozilla or Nav6.

In windows explorer, when I type in a url, it assumes I want to open it in IE. Which 99% of the time is NOT the case. Thats what I find really annoying about the browser integration.

The other thing that mozilla has to clear up before this is possible are the crashes. If my email crashes, I don't want the browser to crash. If my new mozilla shell crashes, I don't want to loose the web pages I have up.

I know alphanumerica is working on a crash rebound program, but I don't know if it will work for only the web browser, or if it will launch all moz windows to their previous state. I suspect the former.