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Change Log for wmnetselect

Last modification to ChangeLog  21 Apr 1999

Version 0.8  (Major Revision)

- Selection Performs Google Searchs on Right Button Click

By Clicking the Right mouse button, the selection is used as a query
to the Google.com search engine.  Ctrl-Right mouse button will open a
new window with the results of the query.  First suggested by Alan Jaffray
<jaffrayNO@SPAMnow.cirl.uoregon.edu>.  Similar suggestion and some code by
Jerome Auge <jaugeNO@SPAMclub-internet.fr>.

- Ctrl-Left Single Click Adds Selection as Bookmark
A single Left mouse button click while holding the Ctrl key will add the
selected text as a bookmark if a Netscape window is open.  For now, if Netscape
is not open, the Ctrl-Left button will open Netscape to the selected text,
but add no bookmark.  This is considered a bug, and hopefully will be fixed
in a future version.  Adding bookmarks also sprang from the fertile mind of
Jerome Auge <jaugeNO@SPAMclub-internet.fr>.

- Character Encoding

Now wmnetselect encodes "unsafe" characters per RFC1738.
This means that URLs that contain commas, or other punctuation
chars will be handled correctly by wmnetselect.
news.com often contains URLs with commas.  Try this URL:

      http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,34505,00.html
      
The previous versions of wmnetselect will choke on it, but this
version has no problem with it.


- New Command Line Options

This version has three new command line options, most suggested
by others.  Also, the -silent option has been changed to -q or -quiet.

-d or -dontask

When the X selection is blank or is all spaces, wmnetselect now pops up the
Netscape open URL dialog to allow you to type in a URL when the X selection
is blank or is all spaces.  Use the -d option to suppress this behavior and
just beep if there is no selection.  Use the -q along with the -d option to
"quiet" the beep.  Suggested by Morten Gulhaugen <s862NO@SPAMdrone.ii.uib.no>. 


-o or -onstartup

Starts netscape (by default) or the executable named by the -e option when
wmnetselect is started.  This can be used to start Netscape when your window
manager is started. This allows wmnetselect to better emulate a Netscape
appicon.  Suggested by Michael G. Henderson <mghNO@SPAMnis.lanl.gov>


-n or -noprotocol

wmnetselect uses a heuristic (enhanced with sample code and ideas provided by
Jerome Auge <jaugeNO@SPAMclub-internet.fr>) that attempts to determine the
protocol of the URL when none is provided.

If the selection does not contain ":/", then these rules are followed:

  If hostname begins with "ftp." then add "ftp://"
  else if the selection contains a "@" and not a "/" add "mailto:"
  otherwise add "http://"

Adding "mailto:" instructs Netscape to open the mail composer with the selection
in the "To:" field.

There are cases when it may be problematic: ftp URLs can contain a "@" per
RFC1738:
 
  ftp://myname@host.dom 

And an email address that starts with "ftp." will be mishandled.
Use the -n option to prevent wmnetselect from adding any protocol to the URL.


The usage information now display the version of wmnetselect and my email
address.


- Much Faster

wmnetselect now uses the Netscape remote control mechanism directly instead of
spawning an external reference to Netscape.  This is much, much faster,
especially if you have lots of open windows and applications on your X desktop
as I do.  If previous versions of wmnetselect were too slow, you should see a big
speed improvement with this version.  It is also less resource intensive.  It
allows you to control your Netscape display even if the Netscape application is
served from another machine.  You don't even have to have Netscape on the
machine wmnetselect is executing on.


The reference implementation of the Netscape remote control mechanism at:

     http://home.netscape.com/newsref/std/remote.c
     
was a valuable resource (written by ex-Mozillan, Jamie Zawinski <jwzNO@SPAMjwz.org>).
Improvements suggested by Ken Hornstein's <kenhNO@SPAMcmf.nrl.navy.mil> Tcl/Tk
extension, Netscape-Remote were also incorporated.


- Other Changes

Some possible buffer overruns were fixed, and arbitrary string limits removed. 
A Netscape 4.5.x possible bug was detected and corrected by Andrea Mistrali
<andreNO@SPAMulmo.aleph.it>

Lots of minor and cosmetic changes to make the code somewhat cleaner were made
(and lots left to do there).


- Imakefile

" -lXmu" was added to the first line of the Imakefile to handle the
XmuClientWindow in the Netscape remote invocation code.


- Acknowledgements

Thanks for all the suggestions and improvements by:
  Michael G. Henderson  <mghNO@SPAMnis.lanl.gov>
  Morten Gulhaugen      <s862NO@SPAMdrone.ii.uib.no>
  Andrea Mistrali       <andreNO@SPAMulmo.aleph.it>
  Alan Jaffray          <jaffrayNO@SPAMnow.cirl.uoregon.edu>
  
Special thanks to Jerome Auge <jaugeNO@SPAMclub-internet.fr> who provided
working code, some yet to be incorporated.  Look for it in the next version.

Also thanks to David McNett <nuggetNO@SPAMslacker.com> for putting together
the BSD port.


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