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EQII Web Browser

Posted by Keith Cross on Jun 18, 2007  | Comments

EQII Web Browser - EverQuest II -

A recent update to EverQuest II saw the edition of a web browser to the game. To give some insight into the new feature, the folks over at EQ2 have posted a Q&A interview with Don 'Silverfrost' Neufeld.

EQII Web Browser Interview with Don 'Silverfrost' Neufeld

With the release of Game Update #32 at the end of February, EQII was enhanced with the inclusion of a web browser that worked within the confines of the game. This provided an immediate benefit for those who interacted with our Customer Service websites, but also opened up a whole new level of convenience for people who wanted to know more about the quest they were working on. The in-game browser also gave the EQII mod community a new toy to play with and add on to.

In light of the fact that it has been a little while since the browser was released, we thought it would be interesting to ask a few questions of Don 'Silverfrost' Neufeld about the browser, its implementation, and future.

What was the initial design imperative for the in-game web browser?

Our customer service tools were being converted from our own proprietary in house stuff to a third party application with a web based interface. Without the browser players had to switch away from the game to interact with the customer service website.

Why Mozilla?

Because we have the source code! We initially tried to integrate Internet Explorer and a major problem was that Internet Explorer's ActiveX control really doesn't play well with Direct3D in fullscreen exclusive mode. After a couple of months of effort we gave up and the engineer assigned to the project went to work for the Mozilla Foundation. In contrast I had a working prototype of the Mozilla embedding working after 2 days. Source code for teh win!

Read the interview here.