On 2/7/06, Gregory S. firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Adding Ruby to the mix would only make cross-browser compatibility more
difficult. Unless you could magically get everyone out there to
simultaneously switch to a browser that provided client-side Ruby scripting
in exactly the same way, it would only add to the mess.
If you really want client-side Ruby, start working on a
Ruby-to-ActionScript (or Flash bytecode) compiler.
That would be a great step back in compatibility. While you can
compile Mozilla or Konqueror for almost any platform you choose, and
Flash is a proprietary technology, and the binary plugin to interpret
it is available only for a handful of platforms. You can use it on OS
X, win32, possibly win64 and wince, and x86 Linux. It is quite likely
it will work in emulation on x86 NetBSD or x86_64 Linux. But GNU/Linux
on ppc, mips, alpha, Solaris on anything, or any other OS is quite
There is a free flash player in which next to nothing works, and I am
not even sure it works as a browser plugin.
I do not know waht is ActionScript. The situation with Java plugin is
similar except Sun makes a version for Solaris as well.
So I do not see any cross-platform browser scripting other than
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