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Old 10-29-2008, 03:49 AM
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Question howto href \\server\folder\

Hello all,


With MSIE the following code works fine:

HTML Code:
<a href="\\10.23.12.112\sharedfolder" target=_blank> Shared Folder </a>
Firefox doesn't do anything.

Can anyone tell me
- why
- how to do it correctly
- what is the name of this syntax for adressing shared folders?

Thank you for any hints!
 
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:26 AM
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Hi there,

Basically due to security restrictions in any other browser other than IE, I don't think this is possible without editing the registry.

Why you ask?
Such links could open network locations to malicious site hosters, thus practically giving them a backdoor to your network!

how to do it correctly?
I am not providing a link because I wouldn't recommend it but there is a solution to edit the windows registry to make these links work, however they will pop up using IE anyway so it kind of defeats the point!

what is the name of the syntax used to browse to shared folders?
I don't quite follow this one. But basically browsing to folders from your computer is simply called that: folder browsing. I'm not sure if there is a term for the double backslashes, double escape chars possibly? I'm not sure.

So to summise, it's a good idea that FF blocks it and I'm not sure how'd you get it working in FF fullstop.

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thank you. you are right, as this article describes:
http://rubenlaguna.com/wp/2007/04/20...ows-unc-paths/

but other people think, this is a bug...
 
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Well it depends how you look at it: Is it a bug when you have malicous folk attempting to lure you into digressing your network locations? No it's a very nice security measure.

Is it a bug when you're only running the site on a Intranet anyway so only networked users will be accessing it? Yes of course it is but of course, I would suggest that IE7 be used for intranet purposes anyway as it's more forgiving and faster to develop for. Issues can literally be solved in the 'hard-coded' way for intranets; they do't got to be too dynamic. Not that quality would suffer anyhow as IE7 i just as good as FF3 anyday of the week.

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