webbrowser.open("./documentation/help.html")-- No Go in Windows

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Sun Feb 24 23:15:10 CET 2013

On 2013-02-24 20:28, llanitedave wrote:
> On Sunday, February 24, 2013 1:35:31 AM UTC-8, Chris Rebert wrote:
>> Sounds like this might be your problem:
>> http://bugs.python.org/issue8936
>> The fix would seem to be ensuring that the URL you pass includes
>> the scheme (in your case, "file:").
> Holy Toledo!  That's a two-year-old bug spanning two versions of the
> language!
> BTW, Chris, the snippet I showed in the title essentially WAS the
> exact code.  It's a method with that single line called from a
> wxPython Help menu.  I can't really put an absolute pathname into the
> argument, because the application is going to be distributed to a
> variety of computers at my workplace, and there's no assurance that
> it will go into (or remain in)a particular folder.
> I was trying to avoid using the wx.html.HtmlWindow feature of
> wxPython, because it doesn't handle CSS and styles.  My help page is
> the portal to a multi-page users guide with a style sheet to render
> all the content consistently.
> Plus, I couldn't get the wx.html.HtmlWindow to open relative paths
> either -- it gave me "URL Malformed" messages even in KDE, when
> webbrowser.open("filepath") was working for the exact same path.  But
> that's something to take up on the wxPython list, I guess.
> This to me illustrates the downside of the Python philosophy of
> "There should be only one obvious way to do things".  If that one
> obvious way has a fatal bug, you're pretty much SOL.
I've had a brief look at webbrowser.py. It's looking for the browsers in 
the paths listed in the PATH environment variable.

On my PC at least, the paths to the other browsers, such as "C:\Program
Files\Mozilla Firefox" for Firefox, aren't listed there, hence the only
one it can find is Internet Explorer.

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