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Comparator

In a previous entry, troworld commented that he’d like to use a version of FeedReader built around the Gecko or Opera rendering engines, as opposed to IE’s Trident engine. I then came across this entry from Henrik which linked to a post about a technology preview program called Comparator. Comparator is a dual-paned browser – one pane shows the page using Trident, the other using Gecko, so you can compare how a site would appear in each browser without running them both similtaneously.
The program isn’t yet available to download, but a look at the source code would be nice, if the author is willing. I’m guessing the program was written in .Net, so it’s certainly possible that a future SharpReader could display with Gecko and not IE. Talking of which, a new release of SR was released over the weekend.

2 Comments

  1. One way of embedding Gecko in a Windows app is to use the Mozilla ActiveX control, this makes porting from on IE implementation to a Mozilla one a lot easier.
    http://www.iol.ie/~locka/mozilla/mozilla.htm
    If you’d rather go another route you could look at the code for MFCembed a sample app that embeds Gecko, it’s in the Mozilla source tree.

  2. “One way of embedding Gecko in a Windows app is to use the Mozilla ActiveX control”
    I created a small app called MOZiE that does exactly that.