I’ve recently switched to Conkeror as my primary browser. It started life as a Firefox extension, but nowadays it’s a standalone app built on top of Mozilla’s xulrunner, so it uses the Gecko rendering engine.
means on the one hand that it acts like emacs. Most of the basic
emacs keybindings are supported – you open URLs with
C-x C-f, and
have buffers you can switch between with
C-x b and so on.
However, what is also means is that internally, it is fully an emacs, with all the extensibility and all the other things that applies. The UI you see is just code written on top of a generic core, that implements the core emacs primitives, including
- The basic
bufferdatatype. But instead of being a plain text store, it’s instead a full Gecko XUL/XHTML DOM.
- A self-documenting
variableinfrastructure, that lets you look up the documentation and definition of any command or configuration variable.
I predict it’s only a matter of time before someone
- Adds the ability to edit local files and becomes a full text editor
that can actually start to compete with emacs. At that point
people will start to port things like
emacs-vcand all the Nice Things we’ve come to expect from emacs, and
- Writes a mailreader for it ;)