[sword-devel] HTML5 File API and SWORD modules

Troy A. Griffitts scribe at crosswire.org
Wed May 8 06:30:43 MST 2013


Firefox OS is the only platform I know that doesn't allow 'native' 
binaries to be installed and many other platforms all started with this 
same concept and conceded shortly before or after release.  I am 
confident it will change or FirefoxOS will be irrelevant (not 
necessarily related options).  It is my opinion that all programming for 
all applications in the whole world should not be restricted to 

Now, having said this, I use javascript+html/css all the time and would 
like a more native approach to building SWORD applications in this 
environment, hence a javascript interface via Cordova.

Not sure what you mean by "the web", but there are very few 
client-side-only (only client-side javascript+html/css) applications on 
"the web" (none that I can think of, but I've been told they exist).

When FirefoxOS decides to write their system libraries in javascript, 
then I will respect their decision to not allow other developers to link 
to native libraries. :)

Anyway, all this to say, practically, I hope a Cordova SWORD extension 
will give 95% of the people what they want: the ability to write a SWORD 
application using purely javascript+html/css, and for their application 
to run reasonably well on any platform supported by Cordova.

Hope this is taken lightheartedly,


On 05/07/2013 04:34 PM, Stephan wrote:
> Hi,
>> If it's interesting for your efforts, my plan for extending Bishop is to
>> make the C++ engine available via Apache Cordova. This is more
>> attractive now that Cordova has expanded beyond a exclusively a mobile
>> platform.
> But you still need to make a native plugin, right? I thought of making 
> an app for e.g. FirefoxOS or "the web". There you need a pure 
> Javascript solution.
> --Stephan
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