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Internet Explorer Construction Kit for Dummies - Clayton W

Clayton W Internet Explorer Construction Kit for Dummies - Wiley Publishing, 2005. - 388 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-7491-4
Download (direct link): internetexplorerconstruction2005.pdf
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Part V: Designing Customized Web Browser Projects
The Browser Construction Kit is all about creating browsers, of course, and this part is where you put together browser designs that I’ve created for you, to demonstrate the many ways you can use the Browser Construction Kit. In this part, step-by-step procedures lead you through the construction of eight different browsers.
Part VI: The Part of Tens
For people who want to really expand their custom-browser-creation horizons, this part of the book offers ten themed browser projects, as well as ten tools and resources for learning more about programming Internet Explorer — if you choose to take it that far.
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Icons Used in This Book
Throughout this book, little pictures, known as icons, appear in the margin. These icons give you a quick visual aid to the following categories:
Whenever you see this icon, you’ll find information on how to do something more efficiently.
This icon marks information that you need to know in order to get the most out of the software.
This icon provides technical background information that you may or may not find interesting. You don’t need to read the material if you don’t want to.
Be careful! When you see this icon, pay special attention because it notes places where you could run into trouble.
This book is accompanied by a CD, and whenever you see this icon, you’re getting a heads up that you should have your CD ready to use.
Where to Go from Here
You can use this book in a couple of ways. Like any book, you can start at the beginning and read your way to the end. That’s probably the best way to learn about the Browser Construction Kit software and the things you can do with the custom browsers you build. You can, however, skip around in the book, if you like, just reading the sections that provide the information you need at any given moment. Because of this nonlinear approach, after you know how to use the software, this book makes a great reference.
The Browser Construction Kit represents a whole lot of hours of programming, so I expect you to get the most out of it. But more than anything, I expect you to have fun!
Part I
Making Your Own Internet Explorer
The 5th Wave By Rich Tennant
“ I’m not saying I believe in anything. All I Knovt is since it’s been there our browser is running 5ofa taster.”
In this part . . .
И Я!hy on earth would you want to build your own ver-▼ ▼ sion of Internet Explorer? I can think of a number of reasons, and in this part of the book, I share those reasons with you. You also find out a little about the parts of a browser you can customize. In addition, you get your first look at the Browser Construction Kit, exploring the features you can use, the custom graphics you can incorporate, and the agreement you must make with Microsoft (not as scary as it sounds).
Chapter 1
Exploring the Benefits of Browser Customization
In This Chapter
^ Simplifying a browser application ^ Targeting a special purpose or user ^ Installing the Browser Construction Kit
■# ou’ve probably used your favorite Web browser for a long time. Your browser is a trusted friend that accompanies you on your many treks through the complex world of the World Wide Web. You can’t help but feel warm and fuzzy when you load your browser. (Geez, maybe we all should get out more.) After all, it provides the gateway to many cool adventures, from looking up the latest gossip on your favorite celebrity to more mundane tasks like research. Why on earth change something that works so well?
I can come up with plenty of reasons! Of course, not all of these reasons apply to you. Reasons for creating a custom Web browser are as varied as the people using them. You may just want to make the browser easier to use, or you may need a browser customized for a special purpose. Whatever your reasons, this book and its accompanying software are just the ticket. This chapter explains why you may want to build a customized Web browser.
Application Simplification
I bet that you have no clue what most of your Web browser’s buttons and commands do. If you’re like most people, you use a few buttons and commands all the time, and the rest sit there, waiting for you to figure them out — a task you and I both know you never get to. So why bother with that extra clutter on the screen, when you’re not using it anyway?
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Application simplification is the process of stripping out parts of a program that you don’t need and may never use. Getting rid of that overhead makes your browser easier to use for a number of reasons:
^ Fewer commands makes a browser less intimidating.
^ Fewer commands also means that you work faster because you don’t have dozens of commands to search through.
^ Fewer controls leaves more screen room for the main display area.
^ Fewer controls and commands may help the browser load faster.
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