[IAEP] Browse is old

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at laptop.org.au
Sat Mar 3 07:52:08 EST 2012

Browse is old and not useful for a lot of newer content. Our
communities are creating content in HTML5, an effort that we want to

However, Browse is based on the Gecko in engine in Firefox 3.6, which
is far behind the times. I know that is is being ported to WebKit [1]
as part of the GTK+3 transition. However, it'll be at least a year
before we roll out a GTK+3 version of Sugar in our schools. What can
we do in the interim?

We can load a different Web browser, especially since now since saved
files can be shared with the journal via the Documents/ directory [3].
 The best I've found is an Opera wrapper from Flavio [2]. It scores
much higher than Browse for HTML5 compliance [4], but nowhere near as
much as Firefox 10 or Chromium 17. Also, Opera is proprietary


[1] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Features/WebKit
[2] http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4503
[3] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/0.94/Notes#Easier_file_exchange..
[4] http://html5test.com/

Sridhar Dhanapalan
Engineering Manager
One Laptop per Child Australia
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