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XBL files bindings do not load on Windows platforms if .xbl associated to an opening editor...

RESOLVED EXPIRED

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RESOLVED EXPIRED
14 years ago
13 years ago

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(Reporter: xavier, Assigned: bugs)

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Description

14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; fr-FR; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041108 Firefox/1.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; fr-FR; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041108 Firefox/1.0

If you design bindings and name them with the .xbl extension, they will not load
if .xbl files are associated to an editor in Folders Options.
Nothing shows up where the binding should be, and nothing appears in the DOM.

Please note that if you name them with the .xml extension, it will work even if
.xml files are associated to an editor.

This behavior has been checked on versions XP and NT of Windows, and on FireFox
releases 0.8, 0.9.3, 1PR and 1.0


Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Design a xul file that refers to a .xbl binding
2. Associate the .xbl extension to your favorite editor (xmlspy, vim, whatever...)
3. Load the xul file on Fire Fox : the binding content does not appear.


Actual Results:  
The binding content does not appear in the browser, nor does it in the DOM
explorator.

Expected Results:  
The binding content should appear.

If you remove the window association with .xbl files, it works again.
If you leave it but rename your binding file .xml (and its reference too, of
course), it works too.
Is the problem the association, or that you changed the MIME type for .xbl files
from text/xml to something?  We hardcode .xml as an XML file, but we only do
that for .xbl if the OS doesn't override the extension's meaning.
Summary: XBL files bindings do not load on Windows platforms if .xbl associated to an opening editor... → XBL files bindings do not load on Windows platforms if .xbl associated to an opening editor...
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Comment 2

14 years ago
(In reply to comment #1)
> Is the problem the association, or that you changed the MIME type for .xbl files
> from text/xml to something?  We hardcode .xml as an XML file, but we only do
> that for .xbl if the OS doesn't override the extension's meaning.

The problem is the association made by Windows when you chose an application to
double-click-open a file and leave the check box checked so that next time it
won't ask you which application should be used.
I didn't fiddle with the mime types used by the browser...
> I didn't fiddle with the mime types used by the browser...

Yes, but the browser asks the OS what MIME type ".xbl" is.  Did changing the
association change what the OS reports?
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Comment 4

14 years ago
> Did changing the
> association change what the OS reports?
I'm not familliar with how Windows handles associations, but from what I've read
here and there, it seems like it is actually using Mime Types...
So this must be the cause of the problem I had...

Now, is it legitimate to ask for a modification so that .xbl (and, for that
matter, .xul) files are not subject to the OS call, just like for .xml files ?

The easy work around is to name bindings with the .xml extension, and it
probably only concerns Windows.

It's up to you !
Thanks for all the explanation anyway !
.xul is already handled like .xml.

Doing it for .xbl is dangerous, because there may be other file types out there
using the .xbl extension.  This is why the XBL in the mozilla source tree all
uses .xml -- that way it won't conflict with other things.

Comment 6

14 years ago
Hello:
I suspect I'm going to demonstrate just how computer illiterate the flood of new
Firefox users is likely to be. I didn't change any settings regarding extension
associations, I just decided to try a new skin for Firefox. When I quit Firefox
after selecting the skin and tried to restart the program, I got this "no
binding for XBL" error and the program wouldn't load. I wasn't sure what to do
so I uninstalled the program and re-installed it to no avail. I've now tried
uninstalling and installing several of the nightly latest versions and nothing
helps. I know there's something called a registry for Windows, but I didn't want
to monkey around in there. I've also seen in Windows Explorer where you can
change file associations. I don't know if this is what has been referred to
already in this post. As for now, I've simply gone back to Netscape.
> When I quit Firefox after selecting the skin and tried to restart the program,
> I got this "no binding for XBL" error

That sounds like a separate issue, unrelated to this bug....  Please file a
separate bug on it, including information like which theme you were installing.
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Last Resolved: 13 years ago
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