[plt-scheme] I want the old help desk back

From: Robert Bruce Findler (robby at cs.uchicago.edu)
Date: Tue Aug 27 11:19:53 EDT 2002

At Tue, 27 Aug 2002 17:13:05 +0200, Michael Sperber [Mr.  Preprocessor] wrote:
> >>>>> "Robby" == Robert Bruce Findler <robby at cs.uchicago.edu> writes:
> Robby> Also, for what it's worth, many of our problems ahve to do with the
> Robby> network connection, not with finding the external browser, so using the
> Robby> old Help Desk browser would only solve about half of the problems.
> Huh?  The old Help Desk didn't *need* a network connection.

Right, but the internal architecture has changed dramatically. We now
use the plt web server to serve the documentation and every web-based
computation is now done with servlets. This has two advantages, from a
development point of view: the browser is better tested and (as others
have pointed out) we don't have to maintain a browser and our own
variant on html (with those <!--mzscheme="..."> tags). 

So, we can't really go completely back to the old Help Desk, since we
don't have any way to interpret the html without the browser.

During development, I suggested that we add a mode to the web server so
that it serves the pages to a generic port so we can avoid the network
entirely and just use our old browser, but perhaps our energy is better
spent making the new one work properly.


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