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From: R-Comp <rcomp(a)rcomp.demon.co.uk>
Subject: NetSurf request/suggestion
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2007 15:55:00 +0100
I suspect this request will probably go down in flames, but I figure
if I don't ask, it'll never happen, so why not, eh?
As you are probably aware, one of the features of our UniPrint
software is to allow URLs to be launched via IE/Firefox on a Windows
system if the user requires it. There's a simple SWI and *command
interface to this.
A number of programs already support this, eg. right click on a link
in Messenger Pro, for example.
From a Netsurf perspective, being able to browse sites, hit on a
problem and then click a menu option to Open via UniPrint would neatly
The user could simply select "open via UniPrint" and continue their
browsing session. This makes particular sense for users of VRPC (for
obvious reasons), but also many users have Windows and RISC OS boxes
side by side.
To give some idea, the are between 500 and 1000 UniPrint users, I
believe - a similar ballpark to current Iyonix users!
Whilst there are a variety of SWIs for controlling UniPrint/
UniServer's handling of URLs, the easiest thing would probably be to
call the following SWI:
R0 => flags (not currently used)
R1 => pointer to URL to launch
Pretty simple, huh?
UniPrint will display a small notification window for 2 seconds to
tell the user what has happened.
Of course, one might ask "if the user has Windows, why browse on RISC
OS at all?". It has been my experience with our customer base that
most will prefer to browse on RISC OS, because they find it easier and
"better" than Windows. They also feel more secure in RISC OS.
However, most people would acknowledge that Windows gives access to a
broader range of websites than RISC OS, so bridging the gap is clearly
beneficial. I'm sure you can imagine a scenario where someone would
Anyway, all the best for NetSurf 1.0,