Kermit 95's Web Browser Interface

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Kermit 95 can activate your Web browser when you Ctrl-click on a Universal Resource Locator (URL) in the Terminal or Command window, or when you give a BROWSE command. By default, URLs that K95 has recognized are highlighted; you can Ctrl-click on any part of a highlighted URL. You can also Ctrl-click on text that K95 has not recognized as a URL, but which you believe your browser can handle anyway, such as "short-form" URLs like www.ibm.com.

The default method for locating and activating the browser is as follows:

You may override the default in the Dialer's Options..Configure Applications dialog, or by specifing a browser as follows (normally in your K95CUSTOM.INI or K2CUSTOM.INI file):

SET BROWSER [ filename [ command-line-options ] ]
Use this command to specify the name of your Web browser program, for example:

  set browser C:\Netscape\Navigator2\Program\Netscape.exe -h

or (note the braces when the filename contains spaces):

  set browser "C:\Program Files\iexplore.exe"

By default, a new instance of the browser is started each time you perform a browse action (because K95 does not know the specific interface to each version of each browser on each platform).

SHOW BROWSER displays the current browser.

K95's default method for choosing and invoking the browser was chosen because it is the method that works "out of the box" for the most people. Other methods are described below that you might like better -- if they work!


The BROWSE Command

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BROWSE text
Invokes your browser on the given text, for example:

"browse http://www.kermit-project.org/".

Kermit 95 is suspended until the Browser exits (but see below).


Clicking on URLs

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The \KmouseURL verb, which is assigned to Ctrl-Button-1 on your mouse by default, is used to start your browser on the URL that you click on. For example, if the text:

  http://www.kermit-project.org/

appears in Kermit 95's Terminal or Command screen, and you move the mouse pointer to anywhere within this text, then hold down the Ctrl key and click button 1, Kermit starts your browser on this URL.

Practically any text is a valid URL for a browser. For example, if you tell your browser to visit "ibm", it might very well be clever enough to try "http://www.ibm.com/" (the browser treats any text as a potential URL, whereas K95 has to pick true, well-fo