Open Bug 296208 Opened 18 years ago Updated 6 months ago

RFE: Specify converter (filter) instead of stand-alone app for MIME types or protocols


(Firefox :: File Handling, enhancement)






(Reporter: toralf, Unassigned)


User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:1.7.6) Gecko/20050226 Firefox/1.0.1
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:1.7.6) Gecko/20050226 Firefox/1.0.1

Here's an ideas that I don't think I've mentioned earlier, and I was reminded of
when someone started adding notes to bug 217212:

I think it would be nice if the handling of a given MIME type wasn't restricted
to "internal' *or* application/plugin display, but you also had an option that
was a cross between these two - i.e. internal display with the help of an

In other words, I would like to be able to specify a "converter" or "filter" for
MIME types instead of a "handler". A converter would (obviously) be something
that could convert a file selected for display, generally of a format not
supported directly by Firefox, to one of the formats that can be displayed
inline - typically HTML. When encountering a file of a type linked to a
"converter" rather than a "handler", Firefox would execute the command much like
it will for a "handler", but also read its standard output and display it in the
browser window.

This functionality might also be extended to special protocols, thus resolving
the issue described in bug 217212.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
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Product: Firefox → Core
QA Contact: file.handling → file-handling
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