Report on HDF Browser Plug-In Project
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Overview: The NCSA HDF team provides a Java application, HDFview, that implements a graphical browse and editor, which works with HDF4, HDF5 and has optional plug-ins for HDF-EOS, FITS, and netCDF3. In other work, the author investigated Client-Server approaches, include Java Remote Method Invocation, CORBA, and Web Services. This paper discusses investigations of how to implement a Web browser plug-in that can browse Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) files. The HDFView browser and other tools provide stand-alone tools for accessing HDF files. The main goal of the HDF browser plug-in is to provide a similar ability to browse HDF using standard Web browsers.