Xhelp code on launchpad ready

Jani Monoses jani.monoses at gmail.com
Mon Aug 6 20:27:28 UTC 2007

Giuseppe Torelli wrote:
> On 8/6/07, Jani Monoses <jani.monoses at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I agree it would be nice to have search and similar extras that a browser does not have.
>> But I still think using the default web browser is better for the following reasons
>> 1) Resource consumption : if the browser is too heavy to read the help it is probably too heavy to
>> use it to browse the web. I am not sure how many Xubuntu desktops are not using a web browser.
> Please guys, let's take an agreement. I don't want to waste my time in
> developing an application that will never be included because there is
> already a web browser in Xubuntu!! From now on I will not code a
> single line of code for Xhelp until we come to a  conclusion.

We can come to a conclusion if we agree on what problem we are trying to solve first.
As I see it is Xubuntu users do not help as readily available as in Ubuntu or Kubuntu.
Is it anything more specific or is it just this?

>> 2) Consistency: the Xfce docs have links to external http URLs.  What happens with those if the user
>> follows them? Launch the web browser or render those sites poorly (I am pretty sure CSS and JS won't
>> be supported by Xhelp)?
> If libgtkhtml2 supports them, Xhelp will support them too but I think
> the best way will be to launch the default web browser for this.

gtkhtml2 does not, that's why many other projects use gtkmozembed when needing browser-like stuff.
So if the default browser is launched anyway what is the gain? For the user the link seems like another
link in the help, external ones are not different (unless you make them like that specifically in Xhelp)
and that can lead to actually more meory used since both browsers are in memory now.


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