IE5 brain damage

John Cowan cowan at
Thu May 6 19:26:57 BST 1999

Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:

> The associations should affect what
> program is launched when I double-click a file of a particular type. It
> should not affect what happens when I specifically ask a particular program
> to open a particular file.

For the most part IE is (and always has been) a simple container
for ActiveX controls (including the HTML one) rather than an
application per se.  An interesting illustration:  if you open
a file://c:/foo/bar/baz URL, where baz is a directory, you get an
ordinary Windows Explorer window displaying the contents of the

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