[R] mozilla and R -- again

Marc Schwartz mschwartz at medanalytics.com
Thu Mar 27 23:20:32 CET 2003

>-----Original Message-----
>From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch 
>[mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Anne York
>Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2003 3:52 PM
>To: Help R
>Subject: [R] mozilla and R -- again 
>I noticed last week that when using mozilla (both 1.2 and 1.3) 
>as  the help browser in R, it exhibits the following behavior: 
>1. assuming the browser is running go to the help -> "search 
>engine and key words"
>2. enter a string, say "plot"
>3. when the "search results" are displayed, click on 
>something, say "abline"
>4. go back to the search results using the browser "Back" button
>5. click on something else, eg, "arrows"
>Nothing happens.  I get the same results with mozilla 1.2 and 
>1.3 running R 1.6.2 in both RH 8.0 and Windows 2000.  
>Seems like the links just die. I'm wondering if this is this 
>simply a mozilla issue as browsers work fine with R.  Or 
>perhaps some of the R gurus might have some idea if mozilla 
>can be configured differently to work better with R? 

Anne kindly e-mailed me and we had an offline exchange on this prior
to her post here.  I can also confirm this behavior with R 1.6.2 under
WinXP using Mozilla 1.3.  

However, if I use IE 6 SP1, this does not occur. So this would seem to
be yet another example of a Mozilla related Java engine/applet issue.

When going back to the search results page using Mozilla, a quick
visual scan of the HTML code does not show any changes from the
initial version that worked.  If you move the mouse over the links,
the mouse changes, however the link URL does not show on the Mozilla
status line, suggesting that something is at least partially blocking
the link activation in the browser.


Marc Schwartz

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