Adding support for a new file type in Firefox

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Post Posted April 8th, 2009, 1:51 pm


I'm currently working with a new format for data exchange (let's called it "ABC", just for argument's sake), which is a type of RDF.

I've implemented an XML stylesheet that allows this type to be viewed as XHTML in a web browser and this works perfectly when using server-side processing to prefix the stylesheet import to the top of ".abc" files.

However, what I'd really like to do is provide a method for Firefox (and, in the long run, other browsers) to be able to render these files themselves. So my aim would be to have the XSLT bundled into Firefox, and some form of handler that looks for the MIME type "text/ABC", or the file extension .abc, and the file rendered using the XSLT.

Can anyone give me any pointers as to where I could start with this?


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Post Posted April 19th, 2009, 1:59 am

One reasonable way to do that is to write a stream converter ... verter.idl
and register it as something like;1?from=text/abc&to=application/xhtml+xml

Otherwise, "Gecko-Content-Viewers" category.

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Post Posted April 30th, 2009, 4:20 pm

Interesting topic. Even if Firefox provides this method, it is very questionable when and if the others would follo; as you pointed out yourself.

I will look deeper into it if there is an alternative and I'll come back here.

Till then... I suppose you are stuck with xhtml

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