Setting the Mozilla Browser for Various Applications

This page instructs MathLAN users on how to configure the Mozilla browser to view various applications. The configuration process follows these steps:

  1. Open the Mozilla browser by clicking on the picture of the red animal on the menu panel at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Move the mouse pointer onto the word Edit on the menu bar and click the left mouse button.

  3. Move the mouse pointer onto the word Preferences on the menu that appears and click the left mouse button. A new frame appears, with the title Preferences.

  4. Move the mouse pointer onto the plus-sign-in-square to the left of the word Navigator in the white rectangle at the left side of the Preferences frame. Click the left mouse button.

  5. Move the mouse pointer onto the phrase Helper Applications in the list that appears, indented, under the word Navigator. Click the left mouse button. The Helper Applications tool is now loaded into the right part of the new frame.

  6. Move the mouse pointer onto the button labeled New Type ... at the right side of the frame and click the left mouse button. Another new frame appears, with the title New Type.

  7. To handle PostScript (.ps) files, enter the following data into the text (white) boxes in this new frame:

    Description of Type: PostScript
    File extension: ps
    MIME type: application/postscript
    Application: /usr/bin/X11/gv

    Click on the button labeled OK at the bottom of the New Type frame. In the Helper Applications tool, you'll get a new entry in the text area labeled File types:.

  8. To handle pdf files, repeat the process, clicking the "New Type" button, and entering the following data into the text boxes of the new frame:

    Description of Type: Portable Document Format
    File extension: pdf
    MIME type: application/pdf
    Application: /usr/local/bin/acroread

    Again, click on the button labeled OK at the bottom of the New Type frame.

  9. To handle dvi files, click the "New Type", and enter the following data into the text boxes of the new frame:

    Description of Type: TeX DVI Data
    File extension: dvi
    MIME type: application/x-dvi
    Application: /usr/bin/xdvi

    Again, clicking the OK button at the bottom of the New Type frame completes this step.

  10. Once you have entered information for each type of application you might want to display, click on the button labeled OK at the bottom of the Preferences frame.

  11. Now Mozilla will recognize PostScript or PDF or DVI documents and offer you the opportunity to display them using the appropriate display program rather than the opportunity to save them in a file.


This document is available on the World Wide Web as

http://www.cs.grinnell.edu/~walker/dept/browser-instructions.html/

created September 19, 2001 by Henry M. Walker, based on work by John David Stone
last revised October 9, 2001
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For more information, please contact Henry M. Walker at walker@cs.grinnell.edu.