#13 Use Apple Help


Even if another web browser is set as the system
default (i.e., Omniweb), XDarwin help triggers Internet
Explorer. It would be preferable to use the default
client, as set in System Preferences -> Internet -> Web.


  • Torrey T. Lyons

    Torrey T. Lyons - 2001-07-27

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    This is a common point of confusion on Mac OS X and hopefully
    something that will improve in the future. There are actually
    two places you need to set this preference. In System
    Preferences -> Internet -> Web you set what application to
    use to get things from the web. On the other hand if you have
    a file with a .html extension sitting around on your hard
    drive (such as XDarwin help), the default application for it
    needs to be set separately. If you use Get Info in the Finder
    on any .html file without a type or creator, and select
    Application, you will be shown the default application to use
    for these files. By default this is IE. Change this to
    OmniWeb and the XDarwin help and all other (creator-less)
    .html files will open in OmniWeb when you double click them.

    (Note that there is a well known bug that causes this
    preference and the web preference to revert to IE at the
    slightest sign of trouble. Namely after installing a new
    version of OmniWeb you will have to reset both preferences.)

    However, there still is a real bug here. The XDarwin help
    should be indexed so that the Help Viewer application handles

  • Torrey T. Lyons

    Torrey T. Lyons - 2001-12-06

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    Actually this "bug" is really more of a feature request. Changing the name and type to feature request.

  • Torrey T. Lyons

    Torrey T. Lyons - 2001-12-06
    • summary: XDarwin Help opens IE instead of default browser --> Use Apple Help

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