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Adding JavaScript support to NetSurf is well beyond the scope of a summer project. The projects we have are all feasible within the Google Summer of Code time frame. Remember that the students have no prior knowledge of NetSurf's code or how it works.

arawnsley: I'm certain there was no malice in the comment. The point is that if NetSurf is to get JavaScript support, it needs to work robustly and swiftly for the class of complex web applications which are becoming increasingly common (e.g. Google maps, and even the customisation features of the new BBC homepage). For this to happen, a great deal of careful thought and planning is required and, fundamentally, we need to implement a proper DOM. In short, it's an undertaking that requires lots of time and work. As jmb said, "there's utterly no point in just hacking JS support in". If we did that, we would end up with a browser that can run a few trivial sorts of scripts. It would offer no real advantage over the limited JavaScript support available in the traditional RISC OS browsers; WXL, Fresco and Browse. Ultimately the effort would be wasted anyway, as it would need to be ripped out and replaced with a proper implementation.

 is a RISC OS Usertlsa on 22/4/08 1:47PM
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