Default browser setting

David Faure dfaure at
Wed Jul 23 20:48:30 EEST 2003

On Wednesday 23 July 2003 19:36, Ettore Perazzoli wrote:
> Hi,
> after the issue came up for the n-th time on the Evolution mailing list
> today, I wonder what the latest word is on getting the desktop's browser
> setting?  I.e. how do I figure out what browser my application is
> supposed to launch when a link is clicked?
> Many Evolution users actually run the app under KDE or other desktops,
> so they don't want Evolution to use the GNOME browser setting (which is
> what it currently does).  They want it to use the browser that the rest
> of the desktop is using.
> Has this been discussed before?  (I am new to the list, and I tried to
> Google around a little bit but I didn't find much.)

See the "mimetype standard" spec, and the proposed "mime-type/application mapping
spec, being discussed roughly 2 weeks ago". Once those two specs are implemented
in most desktops, finding what's the "preferred browser" is only a matter of looking up
the preferred application for text/html.

> Would it even make sense to have an XSETTING for this?
I don't think so. 

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