Bug#471933: konqueror: Inconsistent handling of plain text pages in Konqueror
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 184.108.40.206-8 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 2:220.127.116.11-5 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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