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    Plug-in Creation

    In Acoo Browser, you can create your own plug-in, which can be realized by the built-in panel in the basic browser window. The example plug-in is given in our standard installation program of Acoo Browser. You can see it by choosing View->Explorer Bar->Example plug-in (Panel) in menu bar. The browser window including a plug-in is shown in Figure 1, and you also can see that a panel viewing the navigation of Acoo Browser site appears at the left of the window.


    Let's consider the structure of a plug-in file on the Example plug-in in detail. The plug-in file, which includes three files: plugin.ini, acoo.ico and index.htm, lies in the folder of Plugins->PaneSample in Acoo Browser root. The plugin.ini file contained the basic adjustment of a plug-in is a simple text file, which can be opened in a standard Notepad. The contents after the semicolon (;) are notes, which cannot influence the work of a plug-in. The parts after [General] are the important section of a plug-in. The significations of each parameter are shown in the following table.


    Parameter

    Value

    Description

    name

    Example plug-in (PANE)

    The name of a plug-in displayed in Panels of the Observer and used in the name of a window of the panel

    author

    Acoo Browser

    Name of the author or the company which have created a plug-in

    website

    http://www.acoobrowser.com

    Site of the plug-in creator

    email

    acoobrowser@gmail.com

    Contact e-mail the author of a plug-in

    version

    1.0

    Number of the version of a plug-in

    filename

    index.htm

    The basic file of a plug-in

    comments

    It is example Acoo Browser plug-in.

    The comment to a plug-in, displayed in the panel of a status of a browser

    type

    PANE

    Type of a plug-in while it is accessible only PANE (panel)

    language

    English

    Language of a plug-in (English, Russian, etc.)

    icon

    acoo.ico

    The icon of a plug-in which displayed in the Explorer Bar menu

    As shown in table, we know that a plug-in carries out by HTML document. Thus, the plug-in in Explorer Bar still include the creation of HTML. In order to achieve the purpose, you can use HTML language, scripts (Java, JavaScript, etc.) and other web creation tools.
    You can begin to create your plug-in by the following basic tools:

    1. The text editor (the Notebook, EditPlus, NotePad2, etc.)
    2. HTML the editor (if necessary) (Microsoft FrontPage, Macromedia DreamWeaver, etc.)
    3. The graphic editor (Photoshop, PSP, Paint, etc.)
    4. The program for creating icons (Microangelo, Awicons, etc.)

    We wish you successes in plug-ins development!
    Certainly, all of us shall be very glad to contemplate your creations; you can send them to us via our email: acoobrowser@gmail.com (with English description).
    In addition, you can discuss this subject in our forums:
    http://www.acoobrowser.com/forum/index.php

     



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