Default browser setting

Waldo Bastian bastian at
Thu Jul 24 12:52:55 EEST 2003

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On Wednesday 23 July 2003 23:17, Shaun McCance wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-07-23 at 12:48, David Faure wrote:
> > 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.
> That doesn't seem right.  The "preferred browser" shouldn't be bound to
> the mime type.  It should be bound to the scheme of the URL.  

Yes, I agree with that. We don't do that at the moment in KDE, but I think we 

> You don't
> know that I'm going to get text/html from the server.  All you know is
> that I've clicked an http link.  

In KDE we fetch the URL first and then decide which application to start. So 
we do know the mimetype. But as I said above, I think it would make sense if 
it was possible to skip this step and configure that all http-links should be 
opened with e.g. mozilla (regardless of the mimetype)

> What mime type am I supposed to query 
> to find out what to use for mailto?

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