This page is dedicated to Netscape Navigator 3.0b4 and followers, oops Mozilla 3.0b4 and friends!
Have you ever noticed that there was some hidden features in the Netscape's browser ? Some are obvious to identify but most of them are rather tricky ... I'm not sure that those tricks are working on any other plateform than Unix !
So far I've seen two pages on the Web talking about that:
Now even Micro$oft is using the "about:" concept inside it's browser Internet Explorer 4.
Let's have a look to the simple ones:
- about: It's the opening page of Netscape, the N of the netscape logo is linking to about:1994
- about:logo The netscape logo
- about:rsalogo One of the few logos on the about: page
- about:javalogo the java compatible !
- about:[URL] Gives you the state of a particular URL in your browser
- about:cache Gives the state of the cache
- about:memory-cache Idem for the memory-cache
- about:image-cache Idem for the image-cache
- about:plugins Idem for the plugins
- about:fonts a shortcut to a window displaying the system fonts
- about:francais a small French Mozilla picture with a "baguette sous le bras", some other languages exist but I don't have the complete list (try also about:deutsch for a German caricature, or about:nihongo for a japanese one).
- about:license the license text when you first open the product
- about:document Launch the documents info window for the last URL
- about:global Reads the history.db file, where all the visited links are stored (BE CAREFULL Netscape is crashing if this file is too large !)
- about:pics changes the title to "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX" and don't do much else... maybe a first step in a implementation of the PICS protocol
- about:FeCoNtExT=123 the strangest one (yes, it is case sensitive!), just saying "the window is now inactive", only there most probabily for debugging purpose
- about:blank A empty page
- about:hype Should give a sound (.snd) but is not audible on every plateform. Once Gary Shingles gave me the sound as an .au audible file... but I've lost i.
- about:1994 the presentation of the Mozilla team, after visiting this page the Netscape logo is changing into a Dragon !
- about:mozilla A page comming the sacred Book of Mozilla !
- about:authors Was working on Netscape 2.x, but is now replaced by about:1994
- about:chouck Everybody on the about:1994 picture has a shortcut to his home page... here Chris Houck. Thanks to Topher for the complete(?) list of these people.
- about:jwz A link to http://home.netscape.com/people/jwz/ home page of Jamie Zawinski responsible for the UNIX version of Mozilla, visit his page under UNIX too see the Netscape logo turning into a compass. This line in the source of his page: <ANIM KEY=zs7NzcrM1dfG29PM SALT=29PZ HASH=38jT68fN38hZ68lN01HRT2vnWdVX91NZZ1N3>
<!-- Questions about the preceding line will be gleefully ignored. --> has nothing to do with the trick. James Beckett gave me the answer: just type http://foo.netscape.command.foo/foo/jwz/index.txt has a dummy URL and you'll see the compass. It seems that Mozilla just pattern matches Netscape and jwz in the URL!
- about:marca Picture of Marc Andressen
- about:ebina Eric Bina
- about:dmose Dan Mosedale
- about:mtoy Michael Toy
- about:montulli Lou Montulli
- about:paquin Tom Paquin
- about:ari Ari Luotonen
- about:atotic Aleksandar Totic
- about:robm Rob McCool
- about:mlm Mike McCool
- about:timm Tim McClarren
- about:sharoni Sharon Iimura
- about:kipp Kipp E.B. Hickman
- about:jg John Giannandrea
- about:dp Suresh "dp" Duddi
- about:blythe Garrett Arch Blythe
- about:jonm Not working anymore
- about:mark idem
- about:sk idem
- about:hagan Hagan Heller. No more home page at Nestcape
- about:karlton idem
Some icons are embed into the browser ! You can't see them directly by typing their names as URLs, but you have to use them into a <IMG SRC="..."> tag:
Now you're ready for the tricky part. Some of these methods are well known protocols (http, file, etc.), but the others... some are just internal shortcuts to visible or hidden functionnalities of Mozilla.
- view-source: a shortcut to the HTML source of a page, try it on view-source:http://www.netscape.com
- mocha: Try mocha:#input. In fact you have a direct access to the internal implementation of Java; open a mocha: URL and try to type 8 + (4 /3); and you will the result of the calculation in the window! Yes this could be useful if you lose your calculator.
- URN: some implementation of Uniform Ressource Locator?
- data: don't do much... (tip of the day provided by Juan Postlbauer)
- ldap: a gate to the internal LDAP (Light Weight Directory Access Protocol)
support of Mozilla 4. Access to LDAP is
provided by the Edit/Search Directory Menu. You can see an example of a correct query by double clicking after
having displayed some results. Example: try with a search on "name contains rigaut" in the Four11 LDAP server.
It shows you a few names, one of them is me, and corresponds to the LDAP-URL query:
ldap://ldap.four11.com/cn=Benoit Rigaut, mail= (for the complete LDAP URL format see
the RFC-2255). The complete grammar of
the LDAP URL format does not seem to be supported: you cannot just launch a ldap://ldap.four11.com query, you
must add a trailing '/'. You cannot also just make the simple query ldap://ldap.four11.com/cn=Benoit Rigaut,
you must add a "mail=" component; this also may be a restriction of the Four11 server. (A new tip from