On Sun, 14 Oct 2007 15:26:55 -0700
Gary Kline <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Can any of you explain why (with firefox) whenever I click to
>       listen to a stream, the website cannot tell that I have
>       realplayer (or mplayer) installed?  And why it sometimes 
>       [hopefully] asks if I want to use a "Standalone" player?

hi Gary,
Firefox uses the mime type returned by the server to determine the content 
type, and how to handle it.
When you install a plugin or an extension, they usually update firefox's 
configuration to tell it how to handle the media type it (the plugin / 
extension) is designed to handle. 

eg, from about:plugins :

DivX Browser Plug-In

    File name: mplayerplug-in-dvx.so
    mplayerplug-in 3.45

    Video Player Plug-in for QuickTime, RealPlayer and Windows Media Player 
streams using MPlayer
    JavaScript Enabled and Using GTK2 Widgets

MIME Type       Description     Suffixes        Enabled
video/divx      DivX Media Format       divx    Yes
video/vnd.divx  DivX Media Format       divx    Yes

When a server sends something marked with a mime type of video/divx, the 
mplayerplug-in-dvx.so is used. 

If you are browsing to a new media type that hasn't been handled before, 
firefox will usually ask you what  to do with it (open with... ,save to 
disk..,etc). These options are sometimes saved. to change them, Edit, 
Preferences, Content, File types.

Many music streams are notorious for not sending correct media type... if it 
doesnt work, i just copy the url into VLC or XMMS or mplayer and use it from 
there... that *always* works.

{Beto|Norberto|Numard} Meijome

"Time exists so everything doesn't happen at once"
   Albert Einstein

I speak for myself, not my employer. Contents may be hot. Slippery when wet. 
Reading disclaimers makes you go blind. Writing them is worse. You have been 
freebsd-questions@freebsd.org mailing list
To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"

Reply via email to