Saturday, August 5, 2006

NetNewsWire 3’s Combined View

Brent Simmons:

So the obvious choice was to make it one big webview—a single web page—to get rid of that overhead.

But then there’s a whole other challenge: how do you make it so that you can still navigate with the keyboard? How do you have the concept of a selected item? It can’t just be the same as an online reader—it needs to have the features desktop app users expect.

The key to the whole thing is JavaScript. When something happens in the page—you click on a news item, for instance—the page calls back into the app, and the app tells the page how to update.

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