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    IE oddity (6 SP1)

    If you type about:mozilla in the IE address bar, you get a blank blue screen. Type anything else and you just get 'Action canceled - No page to display'. Strange, huh? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: IE oddity (6 SP1)

    Bruce,
    Mozilla apparently has an Easter Egg using that term.
    Open Netscape or Mozilla.
    Click the location box or press <Ctrl-L> to bring up the location dialog box.
    Then type <font color=yellow>about:mozilla </font color=yellow> and press <Enter>

    I don't have Mozilla, but it is supposed to bring up the "Book of Mozilla" which has a group of Biblical-sounding off-the-wall quotations. Let me know if it works. <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15>

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    Re: IE oddity (6 SP1)

    If you don't have Mozilla, we will have to get Big Al to give it a try, since he does.

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    Re: IE oddity (6 SP1)

    Yep.......it is so!

    The message is dependant on the version/release of Mozilla.
    Here's what I get :
    <hr>And the beast shall be made legion. Its numbers shall be increased a thousand thousand fold. The din of a million keyboards like unto a great storm shall cover the earth, and the followers of Mammon shall tremble.
    from The Book of Mozilla, 3:31
    (Red Letter Edition) <hr>

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    Re: IE oddity (6 SP1)

    There are several "about" choices you can make. You know about "about:blank" and "about:mozilla". But IE also has a few others:

    about:home - goes to your home page.
    about:NavigationCanceled
    about:NavigationFailure
    about:OfflineInformation
    ...etc.

    They are stored in your registry here:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerAboutURLs

    Why is mozilla blue? I don't remember... [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: IE oddity (6 SP1)

    If you right click the blue page, and click "properties," you get this address: "res://mshtml.dll/about.moz." If you do this with IE4.0 or IE5x, you get the blue page also. Mshtml.dll is the parsing engine for HTML in IE. This article and some like it may shed light on how but not why background switching to blue happens. If you typed this into several previous Netscape version address bars, you get a smile, the screen will go red and the message comes up:

    "And the beast shall come forth surrounded by a roiling cloud of
    vengeance. The house of the unbelievers shall be razed and they shall be
    scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days. "
    from The Book of Mozilla, 12:10

    In the Mozilla code released in 1998, about:mozilla *had*
    been updated to something new -- `And the number of slaves shall
    increase ten-thousand-fold, and the clattering on the keyboards shall
    become mammon',

    abouthoto disappeared somewhere in 4.0x, so that about:1994 featured
    an image map with a broken image . In 4.5/Win, about:1994 seems to
    have disappeared entirely -- along with about:hype, about:deutsch,
    about:nihongo, and about:francais. But about:jwz, about:marca etc still
    worked in 4.5. Also in 3.0 for Mac about:xyz (for some random value of xyz)
    would produce `Whatchew talking 'bout, Willis?'

    Some of these quotes may have fallen victim to corporate propriety in the newer versions of Netscape.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    1) HKEY CURRENT USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet
    SettingsUser Agent
    has value "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Win32)"

    (2) HKEY LOCAL MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftInternet
    ExplorerAboutURLsmozilla
    has value "res://mshtml.dll/about.moz" and that's actually where
    the thing is... embedded in IE5 mshtml.dll
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    AOL owns Netscape and currently sponsers Mozilla. I can't remember how much blue is in the Sharon Stone AOL Icon commercial--maybe a connection. The word "roiling" means to be in a state of turbulence or agitation--which Ms. Stone is in after the icon leaves.

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    Re: IE oddity (6 SP1)

    That address (res://mshtml.dll/about.moz) is the one specified in the registry value for "AboutURLsmozilla". If I remember correctly, Netscape has a lot more "about" URL's -- I think there was a post about these awhile ago.

    As to the underlying cause for the blue color, it is simply specified that way in the html file:

    <HTML>
    <HEAD>
    <BODY bgcolor="#000080" text="#FFFFFF">
    </BODY>
    </HTML>

    But the purpose of this blue page escapes me.

    FYI, the contents of "blank.htm" is simply:

    <HTML></HTML>

    I also find it interesting that the 'file extension' is listed as ".moz". Why? This is clearly an html file...
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    Add: I find this interesting page describing the "about:" protocol options in Netscape:
    http://rigaut.home.cern.ch/rigaut/about.html

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