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28 May 2013, 9:55 AM
I have updated the Jmol plugin to use JSmol, as recently developed by Bob Hanson and collaborators.
This means that (in most cases) JSmol (/HTML5) is used in preference to Jmol ( ). JSmol works on platforms that don't have Java installed/available and also avoids the security issues/fixes/popups that have recently affected Java-browser combinations. JSmol performance is a little slower than that of Jmol, but still very usable.
Multiple JSmol instances can be inserted in a Mahara page, though too many may increase page load times.
In my hands, this version of the plugin works with Mahara 1.6 and 1.7. Earlier Mahara versions may work, but have not been tested.
Similarly, it works with any recent browser with HTML 5 support (20, Chrome 26, Opera 12, Internet Explorer 10 and 9 tested). Internet Explorer 8 also works, but only by defaulting to the Jmol Java applet.
Jmol/JSmol is under active development and it should be relatively straight-forward to add options for WebGL display or minimal JSmol lite display (for, say, mobile platforms).
This should be considered development code. So, please test on a non-productionin the first instance.
The latest version can be downloaded from GitHub:
28 May 2013, 11:35 AM
Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing!
09 June 2013, 5:42 PM
This is tempting to take up chemistry again. :-) Great work.