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Can I make a toolbar that can be added as an Add on for Internet Explorer?

 
Aji Sree
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Hi,

Is it possible to make a tool bar using Swing and use it as an Add on for Internet explorer browser?
ie I want to make a custom toolbar for Internet explorer browser using Swing? If possible how can it be added to the browser?

Thank you
Ajith
 
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I have no specific experience in that area, but my gut feeling based on politics and market forces is that Microsoft would not be interested in making it easy for you to create an add-on such as a toolbar, using Sun java. Maybe it can be done, but I can't imagine java being a good way to create a toolbar for IE. You might have better luck with Firefox though.
 
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With IE, you'll have to go native with JNI. Probably for Firefox as well.
 
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Rob Prime wrote:With IE, you'll have to go native with JNI. Probably for Firefox as well.


hmm, didn't know about JNI. Are you saying it can be done then, or are you just saying that if it can be done, it would have to be this way?

It would require some measure of co-operation from IE, no?
 
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It can most certainly be done, but you'll need quite a bit of native code.

And yes, you will need to tap into the IE API for creating toolbars. I have no idea how public that API is; it might be completely private, only available by paying Microsoft.
 
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