[Python-Dev] webbrowser.py

Tim Peters tim.one@home.com
Wed, 24 Jan 2001 14:56:32 -0500

>> The "webbrowser" module should prefer to take the setting from the
>> registry on windows.

> Why ? That's a lot harder to change, and not settable per
> 'shell'/'thread'/'process'.

A Windows user has a legitimate expectation that *every* time an .html file
is opened, it will come up in their browser of choice.  That choice is made
via the registry, and this is how *all* apps work under Windows.  Ditto for
.htm files (and that may be a different browser than is used for .html
files, but again the user has set up their registry to do what *they* want
done with it).  It's not supposed to be easy to change; it is supposed to be
consistent.  Using a different browser per shell/thread/process is a foreign
concept; it's also a useless concept on Windows <0.5 wink>.