[Python-Dev] webbrowser.py

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Tue, 23 Jan 2001 09:22:26 -0500

Guido van Rossum <guido@digicool.com>:
> Can you point me to docs explaining the meaning of the BROWSER
> environment variable?  I've never heard of it...  The last new
> environment variables I learned were PAGER and EDITOR, probably 15
> years ago when 4.1BSD was released... :-)

You've never heard of BROWSER because I invented it and have not
widely popularized it yet :-).  Ping knew about it either because he
read the module code and saw that it was supposed to work, or because
he remembered the design discussion when webbrowser.py was first

I've had conversations with some key Perl and Tcl people (Larry Wall,
Tom Christiansen, Clif Flynt) about the BROWSER convention, and they
agree it's a good idea.  I'll probably hack support for it into Perl's
browser launcher next.

It's documented in the version of libwebbrowser.tex now in the CVS tree.
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