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README
edit-server.el
pycl.py

README

Servers
=======

Because the Chrome(ium) security model doesn't allow for extensions
spawning processes we can't just exec() the editor process. Instead we
have to implement an "edit server" which listens to XmlHttp requests
on port 9292 (default) and then sends a response when the edit is
complete. We include a couple here:

* pycl.py - Original version, only edit one file at a time
* edit_server.el - An native Emacs Lisp implementation

There is another project called TextAid which does a similar thing to
Edit with Emacs. It's edit server is implemented in perl and be found
at:

* http://opencoder.net/edit-server

As the edit server concept is fairly simple we will try and keep them
compatible with each other.

How it works
============

The browser sends a request to the edit server of the form:

http://${HOSTNAME}:${HOSTPORT}/${CMD}

HOSTNAME is usually localhost, i.e. 127.0.0.1
HOSTPORT is the server port, in our case defaults to 9292
CMD is the command to the edit server, it may be one of the following:

* edit

Optional parameters: ?id=${ID}&url=${URL}

The edit command is sent as an HTTP POST request. After the headers
the data is the current contents of the text area.

Once the edit is complete the server sends an HTTP 200 (OK) response
with the data containing the new text area text. Any other response
will result in the text area not being updated.

The optional URL allows the edit server to create more identifiable
names for the buffers/temp files to help the user keep track.

* status

The status command is sent as an HTTP GET request. The intention is to
use it as a simple test for the status of Edit Server and to be used
as a "Are you there?" test.

The response is basically a text string describing the state of the
edit server.

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