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Create cross-platform URL shortcut files
Authored by: Fofer on Jan 22, '04 11:50:02AM

Nice tip, and thanks. Now wouldn't it would be nice if Safari created these cross-platorm compatible .url files in the first place?



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Create cross-platform URL shortcut files
Authored by: xcgr on Jan 22, '04 05:02:45PM

Perhaps but I don't think it's reasonable to expect Apple to implement every single Microsoft-specific way of doing something. Especially when it isn't an actual, industry-standard format.



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Create cross-platform URL shortcut files
Authored by: OSX_Apprentice on Jan 23, '04 07:04:58AM

Industry standard... Hmmmm...

Well, as far as I am concerned, any chance to avoid using a resource fork in OS X should be embraced. Whether the data contained in the file itself is useful on another platform or not, putting that data in the resource fork prevents it from even reaching the other platform.



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Create cross-platform URL shortcut files
Authored by: _merlin on Jan 22, '04 06:42:58PM

Safari is emulating the behaviour of IE for Mac (yes, Microsoft decided IE for Mac should use a different URL file format, and the WAF, or Web Archive format used by IE for Mac still isn't supported by IE for Windows, either).



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Create cross-platform URL shortcut files
Authored by: OSX_Apprentice on Jan 23, '04 08:15:21AM

I cannot agree. At least not if you are talking about IE 5.2.3 on Mac OS X. IE creates not .webloc files with URLs in their resource forks, but .url files with URLs in their data forks, preceded by "[InternetShortcut]
URL=" just as previous posts have indicated.

Which version of IE do you mean that Safari is emulating?

Netscape 7.1 for OS X, however, emulates Safari behavior by creating the same resource-based .webloc files.

IE for Windows creates the same type of .url files as IE for OS X, but with some additional data ("BASEURL=" for example) that seems to be neither crucial nor detrimental to the functionality of the files regardless of on which platform they are being used.

Safari and IE for OS X both understand both .url and .webloc files, but Netscape 7.1 for Mac does not seem to comprehend .url files.



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