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New design element: embedded browser

Just like we can embed a view, would it not be great to have an embedded browser (using the setting of your current browser).

Especially for mobile (Nomad) applications, this could enrich the experience.

Of course the url needs to be computed, and there needs to be a refresh command (or a command to set the ‘new’ url, and thus refreshing the embedded browser).

As Nomad will support GPS, this would allow for very interactive and attractive applications!

Submitted by Theo Heselmans

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  • Aug 31 2018
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    Guest commented
    August 31, 2018 08:29

     The current embedded browser for Notes Client though is insufficient - the XulRunner version is very out of date and my understanding is that Mozilla have stopped supporting it. There has been positive feedback to HCL in the community already for JXBrowser (https://www.teamdev.com/jxbrowser) a fully supported Chromium based browser with powerful embedding capabilities. That would be very beneficial for XPiNC. Unfortunately, it's not going to be an option for Nomad because it's a Java wrapper.

    HCL Places seems to be taking the reverse approach, wrapping ICAA in a PWA, so Notes is embedded in the browser, not the other way round. Of course this would prevent use of composite applications such as Mail, Journal(?). But if those are being "modernised" then that avoids the issue of needing to supprt composite apps.

    Thoughts from Paul Withers

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    Guest commented
    August 31, 2018 12:16

    Paul, I understand, but my request is not targeted at XpiNC. It’s about adding a browser element inside a form.

    This would allow e.g. to show a google map based on the address of the company mentioned on the document.

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    Guest commented
    August 31, 2018 16:23

    good idea, this could allow not only maps but also charts, diagrams, whatever...

    some forms of interaction between the embedded browser content and the notes form will open up a lot of potentials ( ie: click/touch and data interface )

    but however this is implemented the browser design element needs to be kept current with web standards.

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    September 4, 2018 13:09

    You can already create a web browser control on a Notes form.

    In a form in designer choose Create Object -> Control 

    then select "Microsoft Web Browser"

     

    You can control it from LotusScript:

    Set webObj =Source.GetObject("Microsoft Web Browser")

    webObj.navigate("about:blank")

    webObj.Document.Write( "<b>hello</b>")