Opening a page in a different browser

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I want to be able to open a link in a different browser just from a local
page on my local machine. Is this possible?

I normally use Firefox, but certain sites don't work with Firefox and I
want to have a local page of links that is open in Firefox (my normal
browser) such that these awkward links fire up Google-chrome, say, and
display the appropriate (external) linked page.

- Richard.

Re: Opening a page in a different browser

On 11/24/11 9:15 AM, Richard Kimber wrote:
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This would not be an HTML issue.  However, there is a solution within
Firefox itself.

Download and install the PrefBar extension from
< .  One of the
features of PrefBar is the ability to spoof other browsers.  Then you
should be able to use Firefox for most of the problem Web sites.

The basic problem is that some Web sites sniff for what browser you are
using.  Usually, they fail to account for all possible browsers.  Often,
they do not even account for all of the five most common browsers,
ignoring Safari and Opera.

Also, Web sites very frequently sniff for "Firefox" when they should (if
really necessary) sniff for "Gecko".  This causes SeaMonkey to be
ignored, which is stupid.  SeaMonkey and Firefox both use the same core
Gecko and Mozilla Toolkit.  Through Gecko and Mozilla Toolkit, they have
the same (X)HTML rendering, the same Internet interface, the same SSL
security, etc.  SeaMonkey and Firefox differ only in the user interface,
their menus, buttons, and options.

Actually, sniffing generally cannot be justified.  It requires separate
Web pages for each different allowed browser, multiplying the cost and
effort of maintaining a Web site.  Often, sniffing reflects a desire by
the developer to take advantage of a quirk or bug in a particular
browser.  When that quirk or bug is eliminated, the Web site must then
be redesigned.  It would be better if Web sites were designed to be
viewed by all browsers by adhering to the W3C specifications.  Sniffing
can be justified only in situations such as Web pages where users can
download software that is different for different platforms or different
browsers.  (The rant in this paragraph is indeed on-topic for this

For an explanation of sniffing and spoofing, see my
< .


David E. Ross

Concerned about someone (e.g., the government)
snooping into your E-mail?  Use PGP.
See my <

Re: Opening a page in a different browser

Richard Kimber wrote in comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html:

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Perhaps yes, but certainly not with HTML alone.  You need a *programming*

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You should tell their authors after you made sure you use the latest stable
Firefox version available for your system.

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It might be possible in Firefox using XPCOM components from within
privileged JavaScript.

< -

(Dump the browser sniffing and the `javascript:'.)

See also: <

X-Post & F'up2 comp.lang.javascript

Anyone who slaps a 'this page is best viewed with Browser X' label on
a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web,
when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another
computer, another word processor, or another network. -- Tim Berners-Lee

Re: Opening a page in a different browser

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Yes, just drag the link to the Dock over the icon of any browser
you like.


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