Opened 8 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

#7596 closed bug (fixed)

entering URLs manually for local files yields a google search

Reported by: ribbonz Owned by: leavengood
Priority: normal Milestone: R1
Component: Applications/WebPositive Version: R1/Development
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked By: Blocking:
Has a Patch: no Platform: x86


open Terminal
echo "file one" > ~/Desktop/file1
echo "file two" > ~/Desktop/file2

you now have two small text files on the desktop
open WebPositive
place the icons for the two new files so that they can be seen while the browser window is up

drag file1 into the Web+ window -- its contents are displayed
drag file2 into the Web+ window -- same thing
so far, it's all good

if you use the back and forward navigation arrows, you can see the contents of each file just fine.
again, it's all good at this point

now go up into the URL text field and manually edit the text e.g.
'file:///boot/home/Desktop/file2' is displayed

so try go to the end of this URL, back up over the '2' and type in a '1' so that you get
'file:///boot/home/Desktop/file1' and then press ENTER

instead of loading the text file, it gives you a Google search on that file

of course, it will do this on any local file that you try to enter via the URL text field, even when giving it a perfectly valid 'file://' URL to load,
the {file1, file2} scenario was just for demonstration

if this is by design, I don't understand the logic of it

Web+ revision: 577
Haiku version: hrev41667

Change History (7)

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by ribbonz


I overstated the case when saying "any local file" would generate the problem
actually, it's just files without extensions

duplicate the test above, only call the files "" and "" and the files will load properly without generating the google search

any extension on the file seems to do the trick, even an empty one (e.g. "file1.")

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by leavengood

This is just due to my super simple and therefore stupid attempt to mimic Google Chrome's "Omnibar". I think the general logic is to do a Google search if there are no periods in the URL, hence your discovery. Obviously it needs to be a bit smarter with file:// URLs. I never expected my stupid hack to stay so long unchanged, but my Haiku dev time has been minimal this year.

Thanks for the bug report! I should be able to fix it and #7599 before building WebPositive for the alpha3 release.

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by ribbonz

Thanks Ryan!

personally, I don't like things like that -- i.e. having a search query take place without my requesting it
it's too jarring ("what the... where did that come from?" reaction)

however, I LOVE the Google search field that Firefox has at the upper right
that's a case of *knowing* that I'm trying to search for something

but you've probably had requests for that feature any number of times, so I'll leave it alone

comment:4 Changed 8 years ago by axeld

FWIW I like the feature very much, and it also shouldn't be too hard to get it right ;-)

ribbonz: btw in Chrome you can give your search engines shortcuts, ie. you could type "ox man" in your "omni" box, and it will do a search for "man" in the Oxford Dictionary if you configured it that way. That's much faster and flexible than having to select the right search engine with the mouse each time.

comment:5 Changed 8 years ago by leavengood

I definitely intend to extend this feature quite a bit and will probably mimic Chrome pretty closely. One aspect of Chrome which may help you ribbonz is the drop-down which indicates exactly what will happen with the current entry. It lets you know that for example "toy story" would search Google for "toy story" or for Axel's example that "ox man" will search the Oxford dictionary for man. I will try to provide something similar.

Part of this requires the addition of OpenSearch support for having something like searching the Oxford dictionary or Youtube or whatever, and having each of those discoverable on their respective web-sites and then configurable with keywords, etc. I already started a bit of a prototype to parse the XML format of OpenSearch.

Unfortunately my Haiku development time has been limited lately, and my highest Web+ priority at the moment is getting it built for alpha3. But like I said above I'll try to fix this too, since it is pretty annoying.

comment:6 Changed 8 years ago by leavengood

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

This was fixed quite simply in WebPositive r579 by just not doing my "smart URL handling" for file URLs.

comment:7 Changed 8 years ago by mmadia

Version: R1/alpha3R1/Development

R1 Alpha 3 has not yet been released. This was with an R1 Alpha 3 Release Candidate image.

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