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Emailing 'file:' URLs to both PC and Mac users
Authored by: Fillman on Aug 25, '05 07:37:14PM

Thanks for a really useful explanation. Anyone know how to solve this problem in reverse?

In our Windows Server 2003 / Internet Explorer company intranet we have clickable links to important shared files. When I click on the link in Safari or Firefox, nothing happens. If I mount the server/share point I can manually navigate to the file and open it.

Anyone know of a fix or plug-in to either browser that will let me open the file by clicking instead? I've searched here and Apple Discussions but can't find any previous solution.

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Yeah, I wish OS X could do this!
Authored by: germ on Aug 25, '05 11:39:56PM
Emailing 'file:' URLs to both PC and Mac users
Authored by: on Aug 28, '05 04:09:34AM

It sounds like they are sending it to you in a way that doesn't facilitate you clicking on it and automatically opening the file. I would start with the source code in the browser and see how the hyperlink is put together.

Is it ftp:, href=3D, file:, etc... From there you will have to convert the string into a string that your mac will recognize. Once you can do this, you can then proceed to create a script that will allow you to open a file either when you copy the link or run a script that will recognize the format and automatically open it for you.

The problem you have is that you don't have control over how people send you these links. Experimenting a little or a lot can solve this for you.

After some thought, I am not sure if I can blame Apple. From what I understand now, there appears to be no clear standard when it comes to networking between Linux, Mac, and Windows systems in terms of hyperlink file format.



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