[sugar] Needs for Browse
Wed Jul 2 11:27:58 EDT 2008
On Wednesday 02 July 2008, Bryan Berry wrote:
> I was working w/ Trinarayan today on running flash activities on the XO
> and we came upon a lot of features we need in Browse. For the moment we
> are using firefox 3 but would like to use Browse instead.
> 1. Display flash by default. A lot of existing educational resource use
> flash. Some people don't like turning on flash because it slows down a
> lot of pages. We want it turned on because most of the sites of
> educational value either use flash heavily or not at all. We don't care
> if www.tv.com is slow or Myspace takes a long time to load.
Due to the patented technologies that are in flash we cant ship adobe's flash
(that's why we have gnash) unless you have an agreement from adobe you likely
cant ship flash either. The way its currently licensed means that you can only
download directly from adobe, this will be because they have to pay patent
royalties on each copy shipped. I would suggest you make sure your content
works with gnash. adding patented backends that you need to make your
content work after ensuring you have the appropriate patent licenses. how
that will work for you I have no idea. I'm not a lawyer and don't know the
law in your area.
> 2. Tabs -- we need them
> It takes too long to alt+tab between multiple instance of Browse. I
> don't think kids will be confused by multiple tabs but we can test this
> out soon.
browse really needs tabs
> 3. Browse doesn't find Flash's settings.sol file. Flash needs permission
> to open html files on the local machine. We intend these files to be in
> the flash activity bundle and this permission has to be set in
is that because of rainbow? or some other limitation in browse?
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