"Helper Application"?

J. Landman Gay jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Fri Sep 25 21:56:38 EDT 2009


Richard Gaskin wrote:
> The RevTalk Dictionary entry for the "environment" function lists 
> "helper application" as one of the possible values the function can return:
> 
>    If the environment function returns "helper application",
>    Revolution is running as a helper application, configured
>    by a web browser to display web-based content.
> 
> That's not the same as the plugin, is it?  That entry is from the v3.0 
> dictionary, long before the plugin was even in development.
> 
> What does it mean for a Rev standalone to be "configured by a web 
> browser to display web-based content"?

Browsers let you specify what apps to open if they can't display web 
content themselves. So if you click a .rev link on a web page, and you 
have assigned the browser to use Rev to open .rev files, then the 
browser will pass the link off to Revolution and launch it. It's the 
same as assigning .doc files to Word. I didn't know the environment 
would change when that happens though.

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