Xhelp code on launchpad ready

Cody A.W. Somerville cody-somerville at ubuntu.com
Tue Aug 7 19:20:29 UTC 2007

On 8/6/07, Jani Monoses <jani.monoses at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > A more light-weight browser would address this issue. However, one must
> > ask why doesn't Ubuntu simply do the same - use Firefox for browsing
> > their documentation? If one can answer this, they can understand why we
> > too are following in those foot step.
> Ubuntu does not use  Firefox bacause GNOME docs are not HTML.

All the docs - Gnome, Ubuntu, and Xubuntu use docbook (I would assume the
same is true also for the Xfce4 documentation). From there, they are
compiled into, for example, html. There is a reason why Gnome decided not to
use a simple web browser; I would be interested in knowing why because I
feel that they would most likely be parallel to our reasoning (with
performance not being such an issue, like in our case).

I should also note at this time that performance isn't the only motivation
for this project. I'm hoping that something will become of this project that
could be pushed upstream to become the defacto for the Xfce4 desktop
environment. In premonition of your next response, I (or someone else)
will get in contact with upstream to determine if they would be interested
in such a tool.

Considering that the majority of people who are investing time in this
project have not yet taken the plunge into packaging, I see no further
reason to discourage the development of this tool.

> It would be no problem at all to launch firefox for external links. It
> > would also be possible to stylize these links in some way to show the
> > users they are an external link. We were going to do this for the
> > "Xubuntu Welcome Centre".
> It's the same problem on older systems as you mentined above. People will
> not know
> why clicking on a link suddenly starts loading another app. Besides the
> time to load that
> you mentioned there will be an UI inconsistency as well.

This point has already been tackled by posters above (or below, whatever,

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