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mrripley: the presence of javascript in other browsers is meaningless, the bit that interprets javascript is easy, there are implementations on the web, but you can't just bolt them on to a non javascript browser like a plug-in for a particular graphics format.

The idea of javascript is that it can manipulate objects in the parsed html document model before and after its rendered on screen. This requires the internal data structures of the browser to be designed specifically to allow the javascript program to hook in to them, and the code that is called from the interpreted javascript is intimately linked to the particular browser.

Now I'm sure that NetSurf has been designed with at least the possibility of javascript in mind, so it would not require a ground up re-write as had to occur to many pre-javascript era browsers, but there probably would be significant changes in practice, and a huge amount of additional code written.

I'm sure one of the biggest issues is that implementing javascript would require a huge commitment of time from the developers, as it could effectively stop all other work for many months until completed, rather than flow of incremental changes which are possible improving the CSS support and general HTML rendering.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 5/7/06 9:31AM
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