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Issue 6.6

COLUMN

Browsing the Web

Using the HTTPViewer control

Issue: 6.6 (September/October 2008)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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I must be getting old -- I remember when the term "web browser" was a novelty. Today web browsers are so standard it's not uncommon to have one inside another application.

For example, many help systems will use HTML-based help files and the help viewer application (or built-in viewer) is essentially a mini-web browser. Other programs need to link you to the web for viewing information and sometimes it is better (interface-wise) to do that in an integrated fashion rather than sending the user to their default browser.

How is this done, you ask? Isn't rendering HTML a lot of overhead for an application? Well, there's not much overhead because most modern operating systems today already feature a web-browser engine as part of the OS. Therefore it's easy for other applications to simply call that engine when some HTML needs rendering.

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