Stupid behavior of Edge and IE when dealing with file:-URLs


  1. mmo
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    Stupid behavior of Edge and IE when dealing with file:-URLs


    As I had to learn during a trainride without network connectivity Edge and IE are unable to open local (html- and other) files (i.e. files that are referenced using a file://...-URL). They claim, that they can't resolve the hostname! Poor show! ||-(

    Google's Chrome has no issue at all with such URLs and opens those files without the slightest problem!

    This is especially annoying if using some tool that allows to refer to other files using a URL, e.g. certain mind-mapping tools that allow to reference other docs via URLs.
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  2. Posts : 5,833
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       #2

    Viewing pages in Edge can't be saved in the traditional way as with IE, however they can be saved in other ways.

    Are you saying if you save a page in IE as any of the below that your mind-mapping tools cannot open them?

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  3. mmo
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    No - it's not about saving any pages to files (and then re-opening them). It's about files that are already on disk, e.g .while writing/developing a webpage or referencing local files through file:...-URLs, i.e. through links.
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    Sounds to me like IE and Edge are protecting you from opening files in that they can't check the hostname against a list of malicious sites, whereas Chrome doesn't have that safety feature or you have that turned off in it. I don't use Chrome, so not familiar, however, you can turn those features off in IE and Edge.
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  5. mmo
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    Well, if it were a safety "feature" then I'd prefer to be asked instead of blocked.
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  6. Posts : 5,833
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    I see. Again, not familiar with Chrome. Does it ask you upon installation how you want it configured? IMO, MS is concerned about security so some security features are set to on by default. However, one has the option to turn features off (or on).
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