A slashrun is an explorational bit of software that can be fed with markup data or controlled by script.
A decent Windows, Mac OSX or Linux computer with a decent graphics card and Java installed. A propos, Java version 1.5 will do the job, but version 1.6 will provide a smoother experience when launching slashruns.
If execution is sluggish, it could be for one of the following reasons:
First of all, Java Web Start – one of the key technologies behind slashruns – is notoriously slow to start-up. In addition, the first-time-ever a slashrun is executed will be slower because of the base code that needs to be downloaded.
Finally, you will be asked whether you trust trust Ariel Malka or not each time a slashrun is about to start. A simple way to bypass this step for further executions is to check Always trust content from this publisher (on Mac OSX, you may need to press Show Certificate and then check Always trust "Ariel MALKA".)
Java applications that use OpenGL and read content (e.g. images) from the web need to be signed with a certificate and users need to confirm that they trust the vendor of the application. Since it's not possible to issue a trustable certificate for slashrun.org, the solution was to issue a personal certificate for Ariel Malka, the guy in charge...
Slashruns rely on the software toolkit developed at chronotext.org over the years. The programming environment is Java, the main libraries used are jogl (bindings for OpenGL) and TagSoup (keep on truckin' xml parsing.)
No, the right model still has to be found...
Version 1.0.4 – November 24, 2008