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[REBOL] Re: REBOL Browser Plugin issues

From: carl:cybercraft at: 26-Jun-2001 18:04

On 26-Jun-01, David Ness wrote:
> [sterling--rebol--com] wrote: >> That's really more of a user preference, not a programmer >> preference isn't it? If the user wants their HTML to open in IE it >> should be. If they want NS, so be it. The user is perfectly capable >> of changing their default browser to either one. I think it would >> be rather evil if you could make a script that changed the default >> browser to NS because your HTML shows better in that one. Then >> you've messed with the user system prefs. I would be very annoyed >> if a program did that to me. I set up my defaults carefully and >> like to keep them that way... don't you? >> Sterling > No. > But I'm afraid you're missing the point a bit. > In windows I have no problem using several different Browsers. > Depending on purpose various of my machines have different > `defaults' depending on the purpose of the machine. None of this > causes much trouble at the windows level because you can always drag > and drop any document on the appropriate browser if you are on a > machine that has a differnt default. > In REBOL the situation, if it is as has been explained to me, is > different. REBOL apparently `wires' the `browse' command to your > (windows level) default browser. This strikes me as superficially > quite obviously wrong, but I am so new to REBOL that I don't want to > make any substantive judgements yet. I would have thought that the > browse command should probably be something like `browse /via > Netscape ...' or `broswe /via Anaya ...' or whatever defaulting to > the `windows default' if no /via clause is given. > So what I was asking for was not so much some stunt to pull in > Windows as it was a work-around for what seems to me to be a > deficiency in REBOL. > That's all.
Ah - I think I get what you're on about. You want the programs you write and run yourself to be able to choose specific browsers, whereas Stirling is imagining others using your programs and being a bit surprised when that browser they'd forgotten they'd installed suddenly fires up. I can see that this could be useful. -- Carl Read [carl--cybercraft--co--nz]