Control over browsers

Another very common NetNewsWire feature request is better control over what the browser does when it’s asked to open a URL.

People want to specify that the browser should stay in the background, for instance. Or open every URL in a new window. Or never open new windows.

The problem is that Cocoa gives us just one dinky little call to open a URL. No control over the browser.

But I’m continuing to investigate, and it looks like LSOpenFromURLSpec, from the LaunchServices framework, may provide the control people are asking for.

I’ll give it a shot and see what happens. I can’t promise it will work, but I’ve got my fingers crossed.

One of the big drags with something like this is all the testing. Lots of browsers to test.

25 Sep 2002

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