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Pocket Browser
Pocket Browser
Pocket Browser Documentation


Documentation on version 1.5 will be available very soon. Please see the screenshots section which demonstrate the features of Pocket Browser.

Below is documentation for version 1.0, edited for 1.5.

Overview

Pocket Browser is an online web browser for the Palm-size PC. It works on Gryphon (P/PC 1.0, 'greyscale version') as well as Wyvern (P/PC 1.0, 'color version'). Pocket Browser runs on SH3 and MIPS processors, and can be run and stored in RAM or on a external storage (Storage Card, etc). It supports browsing of standard web pages and its inline images (GIF and JPEG). Currently it does not support Java applets and JavaScript. It does however support frames (by listing out any frames detected on a website) as well as multilingual brosing (UTF8, JIS, and Shift-JIS are supported).

Installation

To install Pocket Browser, run the self-extracting exe (or unzip the distributed archive into a new temporary directory). The setup program will present an end user license agreement, which one must agree to in order to continue installation. Setup will copy the Pocket Browser files neded for installation to the device into the Windows CE Services directory, and launch the Windows CE Application Manager. Installation will be automatic from that point on. Pocket Browser will be copied to the device, and a shortcut will be placed in the Start Menu for use. After being copied to the device, simply start the program by launching it from the Programs group of the Start Menu (on the CE Device).

Features

Pocket Browser supports viewing of standard HTML pages. It does not support HTML 4.0 -specific tags, or any level of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). It does support the viewing of inline images, but does not support animated GIF images. Form submissions via POST or GET submissions (those used by many popular search engines) are supported. Cookies and META tags are also supported, as are frames (listings).

Ease of browsing web pages in this small form factor is aided via the method of URL Helpers. These are macros that aid in the typing of new URLs into the location toolbar. By tapping the button labeled "URL>" a window will appear with these helpers. Helpers are categorized into: prefixes, suffixes, and 'full URLs,' and go before, after, or replace (respectively), the current text in the toolbar.

Pocket Browser also supports caching and proxy support. You can switch between online and offline viewing by adjusting the setting on the File menu. Proxy support can be enabled in the options menu as well. Bookmarks are supported, and are fully configurable.

History for the browsing session is also saved. By tapping the navigation buttons on the navigation taskbar, browsing back and forward through the session page history is supported. The location toolbar has a drop-down list that targets the bookmarks that have been entered.

 

Usage

Upon launching Pocket Browser, the main browser screen and interface will be shown. The different components of this screen are as follows:

  • Menu
  • Go:
    Add To Favorites -- adds current page to favorites list
    Back -- navigates back one page in the current session history
    Forward -- navigates forward one page in the current session
    Home -- navigates to the home page
    Favorites -- opens the favorites window
    Exit -- exits Pocket Browser
    Edit:
    Options -- opens options menu
    Help:
    Documentation -- opens the Pocket Browser documentation
    Registration -- opens the registration dialog
    About -- opens the brief credits and about dialog
  • Navigation Toolbar -- from left to right the button descriptions are:
  • [backarrow] -- navigates back one page in the current session
    [forward] -- navigates forward one page in the current session
    [stop] -- stops loading the page currently loading
    [reload] -- reloads the current page
    [home] -- navigates to the home page
    [fullscreen] -- enters fullscreen mode
    [restore] -- exits "wide html" mode
    [right] -- enters "wide html" mode, and pans left/right by dragging
  • Location Toolbar -- from left to right the functionality is:
  • [URL>] -- opens URL helpers window
    [location] -- displays current page location
    [downarrow] -- opens history window
    [go] -- 'go' button, loads page typed in the location box
    [favorites] -- opens favorites window

    Wide HTML desribes an alleviation to the problem that web pages are inherently not designed to be viewed on devices such as this, with horizontal resolutions this narrow. The last three buttons on the navigation toolbar put the HTML Content window into a 'wide mode,' where part of the HTML is offscreen. This differs from the standard view with an accompaning horizontal scrollbar in that it widens the area that text is wrapped to. Even though it is in wide mode, the HTML Content window still may contain a horizontal scrollbar as well. This mean there is a need for dual horizontal navigation -- the scrollbar that the HTML window adds, as well as the left and right buttons that are on the toolbar. Taping the middle button will restore to normal HTML browsing mode.

    Quick searching allows the purusing of common search engines. By typing in a URL in the form of "av QUERY," "dn QUERY," or "y QUERY," the search of 'QUERY' will be submitted to the search engines of AltaVista, DejaNews, or Yahoo (respectively). By default, these items are on the URL Helpers menu.

     

    Tips

    An interesting feature of URL Helpers that serve the function of a 'full URL' is that if the helper contains brackets, after tapping it on the helpers menu will select the text in the location toolbar that was between the brackets. For example, there is a default 'full URL' helper of "http://www.[HOST].com." Selecting this from the helper pop-up menu will paste that text into the location toolbar, and then select '[HOST]' (as well as pop up the input panel). This provides an even easier way browse websites.

     

    Known Bugs

    • Some JPEG images do not show up or scale properly. This is an issue with the image decompression library, which is currently pointing into Microsoft's IMGDECMP.DLL. This library does all the image decompression for Pocket Browser and is also used in Microsoft programs such as Mobile Channel Viewer. This will be addressed in future versions.
    • Some HTML pages do not load correctly because Pocket Browser does not support JavaScript. If a site is dependant on these without using backup 'legacy' code (non-JavaScript user interaction) then the site will not be completely usable.
    • After uninstalling Pocket Browser, the cache directory is left behind. This eases future upgrades by saving your old settings and cache directory. To remove everything, delete the directory 'ConduitsCache' and its contents via an explorer such as Mobile Devices from the desktop, or TascalExplorer on the device.
    • Some devices may have problems or issues regarding 'High Quality Image Dithering' (a setting in the Misc. area of the Options menu), such as improper color or dithering handling. This is because this option depends on the OEM to provide a well enough LCD driver to handle high color input. If problems persist, disable this option and the colorspace will default back to the bit depth of your device.
    • Please submit any additional bugs (or feedback) to browser@conduits.com.

     

    Registration

    For pricing and instructions on registration, visit the Conduits Pocket Browser Website.




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