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Replacement of JMol by JSMol 7 years 5 months ago #103

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Dear developers,

integration of molecular visualization via the JMol viewer is a great feature in Xerte. But, there are some limitations regarding JAVA which is required on the client site, since there are persistent problems with the JAVA plugin in combination with Firefox, and JAVA is not supported in iOS. Meanwhile, there is a JavaScript-based JMol alternative called JSMol ( http://wiki.jmol.org/index.php/Jmol_JavaScript_Object ) which can seamlessly be integrated as a replacement for JMol.
I tried to do this in a qucik&dirty approach in our Xerte test installation, but this will not work without further modifications in the Xerte code, e.g. in /parent_templates/Nottingham/models_html5/jmol.html where the JAVA availability is checked.

Do you consider replacing the JMol viewer by JSMol in the near future and adapting the Xerte code as appropriate?

Regards, Dietmar

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Replacement of JMol by JSMol 7 years 5 months ago #104

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I wasn't aware of JSMol, but yes, in principle it could work as a replacement. We have quite a bit invested in JMol here at the University of Nottiungham, so before we changed anytthing, we'd need to be sure we were getting the same functionality, or otherwise you could implement a seperate JSMol page template, so things didn't break: that would probably be easier than trying to get nthe one tempalte to handle both things, especially if the funcitonality is different,

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