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Better incorporated preview browser support

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:07 am
by frazor
Rather than requiring installation of extra packages (e.g. XULRunner) please build this functionality into Topstyle itself.

It should be possible to bundle a Gecko and Webkit previewer as they are both open source.

IE can be assumed as it *should* be present in some form with most Windows installs. Perhaps dangerous to assume though. maybe MS can help here as they seem to have multiple IE rendering in the Expression Superpreview tool (Free).

Opera must be doable too, seeing as its been traditionally used in Adobe products (but I realise it may not be free, suggest asking though).

This would make the preview feature of Topstyle AwesomePowerful(tm). ;)

Re: Better incorporated preview browser support

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:17 am
by Lou
JMHO but your suggestion would open Stefan up to including every free, open source browser ever thought of and keeping track of what version is current. There would also be the issue of which version of a browser is being used, even though not the most current. Many of these browsers I do not worry about and don't want on my development system.

Before I started using TS I already had available all the browsers I felt were necessary to support/check during development. After checking the "top 5" browsers, including flavors of IE, the number of users on iPhones, blackberry or other small screens is larger than the next large screen browser.

I thank letting each developer select and load their own collection of browsers should continue. Stefan's interface to all the browsers I check is good and doesn't add unnecessary stuff to my system.

Re: Better incorporated preview browser support

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:41 am
by frazor
I think you've misunderstood. I'm talking about the browser engine cores used in the preview pane. This uses just the core rendering component from any given browser. Topstyle only works with Trident by default, and allows for manual setup of Gecko (Mozctlx, via XULRunner) and Webkit (via installing Safari 3.2.3).

I definitely don't mean Topstyle installing browsers for you.

Re: Better incorporated preview browser support

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:20 am
by Lou
'I see' said the blind man.