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Author: Hendrik Boom
To: dng
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Subject: [DNG] frustration with browsers.
On Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 08:06:14AM +0000, chillfan--- via Dng wrote:
> There are many of us frustrated with web browsers and the web in general,

Is there anything that can be done about this?

Browsers seem to be an all-or-nothing kind of nonmodularity.

Yet they should have components that can be used independently.

I can see

a hugely complicated display mechanism that takes HTML, pdf, and other
file formats and displays them. (This could easily be several
mechanisms, of course)

A user-interface system that gives the user some influence in deciding
which files are to be displayed (and implicitly fetches them using a
variety of protocols or refuses to do this on the basis of security
concerns which may conflict with the user's). This is a largely
nonprogrammable interface.


A number of these tools would be quite useful if they could easily be
called independently from any relatively sane and bug-resistant
high-level language (user's choice).

I'd very much like to be programmatically in charge of the browser.
I'd like to be able to make it do things not in the immediate vision of
the large organisation providing it -- without starting over from

-- hendrik