Document viewing in rich clients
I have a question for other rich client developers... with the move away from the browser and to the rich client platform, how do you handle document viewing? As our app scope grows, we have come to a requirement where documents can be associated with an object... the ideal would be to seamlessly pull up those documents in the rich client, or at least launch the appropriate application (though this last one is not preferred). With documents ranging from HTML (URLs), to PDFs and Word .doc files, how would you approach this? Are we going to have to break down and include some sort of native integration? Is there even a commercial Java library available to facilitate viewing these various document formats? The rich client application has provided us with numerous benefits over a web app - but this one area seems to be a web app strength that is currently hard to match in rich client (especially Java) land.. or am I wrong?
Thanks for any tips,