How can I direct revGoURL to a specific browser?

Andre Garzia andre at
Sat Jul 24 18:04:48 EDT 2010


can't you do something akin to shell("iexplorer.exe <the url>") ?

On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 6:59 PM, Bill Vlahos <bvlahos at> wrote:

> OK. I wasn't specific about all the details because it wasn't material to
> the question but since people keep trying to solve the wrong problem I will
> now say the whole story.
> A company I work at has this terrible time card software program. For some
> inexplicable reason this web page actually opens a popup window after you
> authenticate. This means that the user has to turn popup blocking OFF.
> The software has only been certified for IE on Windows but in our testing
> it actually works in Firefox and Safari too. Our users have popup blocking
> already turned OFF for IE. To make life easier for other browsers we
> recently added code to the page that tests for popup blocking.
> My program is a reminder application that launches a URL to whatever the
> default browser is. The URL works perfectly for IE, Firefox, and Safari
> regardless Windows or Mac. However, we discovered that if a Windows user has
> IETabs installed in Firefox the URL hangs Firefox. So we were left with the
> dilemma of either not detecting the blocking of popups which means the user
> has no idea why the screen just blinks at them or hanging the browser.
> I thought that if I could direct IE to open the URL for Windows, it would
> always work because all the users already have IE correctly not blocking
> popups.
> Fortunately the code for testing blocking of popups was fixed so it doesn't
> matter any more.
> However, it sounds like there isn't a good way to open a specific browser
> in Windows.
> Bill Vlahos
> On Jul 21, 2010, at 11:05 PM, Jim Ault wrote:
> > You aren't specific about what does not work (menus, images, layout,
> javascipt, etc) but you are entering the land of cross-browser
> compatibility.  You are not specific about which IE version.
> >
> > Very few people like the idea that a particular app (such as IE) is
> launched by a program.  Many would suspect phishing or other nefarious
> actions are taking place, much like their bad experiences with the annoying
> pop up window marketing tactics.
> >
> > If you use JQuery or other javascipt library, you have far less worries
> about which browser and which version.  It would handle all versions.
> >
> > Another drawback to designing for IE is that every version makes
> substantial changes.
> > Solution:  Your web code will instruct the user's browser to download the
> JQuery and CSS files that you specify.  This means when IE 9 rolls out, all
> you need to do is update the JQuery library file on your server and you are
> covered for all versions of all browsers.
> >
> > A very complete documentation and corrective action tutorial is on
> but be warned, it is a complex subject.
> >
> > Hope this helps,
> >
> > Jim Ault
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