[squeak-dev] HelpSystem (was Documentation Team)

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Thu Apr 22 09:39:23 UTC 2010

On 22.04.2010, at 08:58, Alexander Lazarević wrote:
> 2010/4/21 Ralph Johnson <johnson at cs.uiuc.edu>:
>> Most systems do not try to implement an HTML viewer.  Instead, they
>> talk to whatever web browser you are already using.  Why can't Squeak
>> do the same?  There ought to be some way ti send a URL to an already
>> open browser and tell it to open a window on it.  This is probably
>> done differently on the Mac, WIndows and Linux, but we out to be able
>> to make a simple Squeak API to hide this.
> I don't know if this still works on all platforms, but you could try
> the following after loading FFI.
> "ExternalWebBrowser"
> (Installer repository:
> 'http://www.squeaksource.com/ExternalWebBrowser') install:
> 'ExternalWebBrowser'.
> ExternalWebBrowser openOnUrl:
> 'http://www.squeaksource.com/ExternalWebBrowser.html'.
> Alex

If we could get the ScratchPlugin into the default VMs, it has a primitive to open a URL (among other cool stuff).

There is basic agreement with the vm-devs to do this, but someone has to champion it.

- Bert -

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