Re: Chemical plug-in for Netscape 2.0

Dr Alan Mills (
Wed, 27 Mar 1996 11:44:56 +0000 (GMT)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEWARE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whilst this plug-in is an impressive and exciting advance in chemical/MIME
& Web, PPS people should be aware that installing it will cause the
plug-in to establish priority over (ie over-ride) the normal RasMol
invocation that is presently designed into the course material, such that
.pdb files will then appear in a RasMol-like full-frame browser window
without the full RasMol functionality, rather than invoking RasMol as a
separate application. MDLI tell me they have asked Netscape to alter the
Mozilla source code to allow the plug-in/browser combination to
distinguish between <embed><a href="some.pdb">Link</a></embed> and
normal html including a <a href="some.pdb">Link</a> *without* the
embed tag, something which it doesn't yet do.

I think the Course Organisers should be encouraged to pronounce in the
matter of use of this plug-in, after looking into it.

And for everyone's information, there is a UK mirror of the MDLI Chemscape
chime pages on our (Venus's) server at

which I've refrained from drawing to the attention of PPS ppl. for the
reasons above.

On Tue, 26 Mar 1996, Iddo Friedberg wrote:

> Hello,
> PPS participants who have Windows 3.1 or Win'95 _and_ are running
> Netscape 2.0 (or higher) might like to check the Chime chemical plug-in
> application available at:
> Downloading and installation are pretty straightforward, detailed
> instructions are provided in the site.
> After you've done this, check out the sample page:
> I recommend this site as a good example of using the Chime for WWW documents:
> Have fun (it is!)
> Iddo
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I suspect we'll eventually recast the course material to make best use of
advances and enhancements like these, which are steps towards the full
interactive electronic publication. But it will take time & effort.


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