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Bug#471933: konqueror: Inconsistent handling of plain text pages in Konqueror

Package: konqueror
Version: 4:3.5.5a.dfsg.1-6etch2
Severity: normal

Konqueror handles plain text encountered on websites (e.g. pages that 
specify text/plain as their MIME type) in a way that I find rather odd.

The usual behavior for web browsers (and the behavior I would like 
Konqueror to exhibit) is that the text document is rendered in the 
window where it would be rendered if it were an HTML document, and be 

Konqueror, in my experience, does one of at least three things:

1. It opens the document with an embedded instance of some KDE text 
editor (perhaps Kate).

2. It opens the document with a handler application outside Konqueror.

3. It asks what to do with the file.

In case 1, the document is opened in the expected location (the same 
location where an HTML document would be rendered), but the behavior of 
that location is quite different from what it would be for an HTML 
document: the window is really a different program (e.g. Kate) and 
behaves differently. This can be a Good Thing in some cases, but is 
usually a source of mild frustration if you expect to be browsing the 
web and unexpectedly get confronted with the different behavior.

In case 2, the document is usually opened in a separate window. It also 
may take a long time to load (depending on the configured application). 
Of course, the user interface is also likely to be completely different 
from Konqueror's. Again, this can be a Good Thing in some circumstances, 
but if you are just browsing the web and unsuspectingly hit a plain text 
document, this is frustrating. More so because you get a window popping 
up when you didn't expect it.

In case 3, you get to choose what happens. The choice has always been 
"save", "open in another application", or "cancel" for me. The option I 
want, of course, is "behave as if it were just another web page, except 
that you use a plain text renderer instead of an HTML renderer". But 
that option is not one of my choices, and I get an annoying pop-up to 
rub it in.

What I would like to see is:

1. The possibility to render plain text just like HTML is rendered (but, 
of course, rendered as the plain text looks, e.g. without whitespace 
collpasing like HTML does).

2. The possibility to make this the default way to render plain text 
encountered on the web (and possibly all plain text encountered 

3. The "save as", "open with external application", and "open with 
<program> embedded in Konqueror" options should probably still be 
available, for example through menus (just like I can save an HTML page 
or choose to open in with a different program through the menus).

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-4-686
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages konqueror depends on:
ii  kcontrol          4:3.5.5a.dfsg.1-6etch2 control center for KDE
ii  kdebase-kio-plugi 4:3.5.5a.dfsg.1-6etch2 core I/O slaves for KDE
ii  kdelibs4c2a       4:3.5.5a.dfsg.1-8etch1 core libraries and binaries for al
ii  kdesktop          4:3.5.5a.dfsg.1-6etch2 miscellaneous binaries and files f
ii  kfind             4:3.5.5a.dfsg.1-6etch2 file-find utility for KDE
ii  libacl1           2.2.41-1               Access control list shared library
ii  libart-2.0-2      2.3.17-1               Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii  libattr1          2.4.32-1               Extended attribute shared library
ii  libaudio2         1.8-4                  The Network Audio System (NAS). (s
ii  libc6             2.3.6.ds1-13etch5      GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libfam0           2.7.0-12               Client library to control the FAM 
ii  libfontconfig1    2.4.2-1.2              generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6      2.2.1-5+etch2          FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libgcc1           1:4.1.1-21             GCC support library
ii  libice6           1:1.0.1-2              X11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libidn11          0.6.5-1                GNU libidn library, implementation
ii  libjpeg62         6b-13                  The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG 
ii  libkonq4          4:3.5.5a.dfsg.1-6etch2 core libraries for Konqueror
ii  libpng12-0        1.2.15~beta5-1         PNG library - runtime
ii  libqt3-mt         3:3.3.7-4etch1         Qt GUI Library (Threaded runtime v
ii  libsm6            1:1.0.1-3              X11 Session Management library
ii  libstdc++6        4.1.1-21               The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii  libx11-6          2:1.0.3-7              X11 client-side library
ii  libxcursor1       1.1.7-4                X cursor management library
ii  libxext6          1:1.0.1-2              X11 miscellaneous extension librar
ii  libxft2               FreeType-based font drawing librar
ii  libxi6            1:1.0.1-4              X11 Input extension library
ii  libxinerama1      1:1.0.1-4.1            X11 Xinerama extension library
ii  libxrandr2        2:            X11 RandR extension library
ii  libxrender1       1:0.9.1-3              X Rendering Extension client libra
ii  libxt6            1:1.0.2-2              X11 toolkit intrinsics library
ii  zlib1g            1:1.2.3-13             compression library - runtime

konqueror recommends no packages.

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