[vlc-devel] Gui for Mozilla's plugins

Pierre d'Herbemont pdherbemont at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 16:22:01 CEST 2009


I might be very mistaken here, but I thought there was a way to access  
and write to the page DOM via NP APIs. If this is true this is the way  
to go for in page. However, fullscreen controls seems to be much more  
problematic. Platform specific code is required here.


On Sep 21, 2009, at 2:17 PM, Rafaël Carré <rafael.carre at gmail.com>  

> On Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:04:36 +0200
> Alexandre Millet <a.millet89 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> We are a group of two students working in computers sciences in  
>> Paris.
>> As some of you may already know, during our first year's internships
>> we choosed to work on VLC and enhance the Mozilla plugin's GUI.
>> We would like to add a control GUI to the plugin (play, pause, seek,
>> ...) and we are searching what is the best way to achieve it.
>> This is an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each
>> solutions:
>> - Qt, is very simple to use, extremely portable but the weight of the
>> dependencies may be high, QtGui + QtCore exceed 10mb.
>> - GTK+ is slighter than Qt but it is not built with portability in
>> mind (especially on Windows).
> i don't like those for the reasons you mentioned
>> - The GUI can also be made in XUL, the downside in that it won't work
>> on other browsers that support the NSPlugin API (opera, webkit, ...).
> that's a bit sad but it doesn't bother me much
>> - The fourth solution would be to integrate the GUI into the VLC core
>> and inject the user interface directly into the VLC vout.
> i very dislike this idea
>> - The last solution would be to use native code. This implies that  
>> the
>> GUI must be developped one time for each platform and is a pain to
>> maintain.
> this looks interesting
> I imagine the GUI would be quite simple (buttons, progress bar,  
> slider,
> labels) and there could be a way to factorize toolkit-specific code.
> Now another question is which toolkit to use on UNIX?
> -- 
> Rafaël Carré
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