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Re: Mathematica and NetScape

  • To: mathgroup at christensen.cybernetics.net
  • Subject: [mg2050] Re: Mathematica and NetScape
  • From: Dr Phillip Kent <p.kent at ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 1995 01:50:04 -0400
  • Organization: Imperial College

"Brian H. Marston" <c570529 at showme.missouri.edu> wrote:
>1. Is there a way to have Mathematica start automatically on
>   an SGI Indy from Netscape when you click on a .ma file?
>   In other words, is it possible to open .ma files from Netscape
>   using Mathematica as a helper app?

Yes.

>
>2. Is there a way to have Math Reader start automatically on
>   a Mac or PC from Netscape when you click on a .ma file?
>   In other words, is it possible to open .ma files from Netscape
>   using Math Reader as a helper app? 
>

Yes - the process is essentially machine-independent. On your WWW
server you will need to edit the mime.types file (lives in 
../httpd/conf for the NCSA httpd) and add the line

application/mathematica  ma

So you're associating the mime type application/mathematica with a 
file suffix ".ma".

Then, for each browser you're using you need to associate a helper
application with the mime type application/mathematica. This varies
from browser to browser - I prepared some notes about this, which
are not exhaustive but pretty good. See:

http://othello.ma.ic.ac.uk/notebooks/ConfigureViewer.html

Then, all you need to do to launch automatically is to put the ma
suffix into the URL for a link. For examples take a look at

http://othello.ma.ic.ac.uk/View-TMP-Notebooks.html

There is also some discussion about this at

http://www.wri.com/mathematica/mathreader.html

Finally, to read about WWW and Mathematica interaction in general
please visit:

http://www.wri.com/WWWMath.html

-Phillip Kent, Imperial College, London.
>



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