Scripting News: Did something break in Chrome/Mac?

Update: Thanks to elasticthreads, in a comment thread belog, for helping with a few workarounds, and the first one I tried worked. I have a fix I can release if other Frontier/OPML Editor users are seeing the same problem. Right now since I’ve not heard from anyone, I’m not going to do a release.

I have a question to ask other people who do web development on a Mac using Chrome. I’m not trying to make news, this is just a question. I’m using my blog to ask it.

1. Back in Netscape days the browser supported a set of interapplication messages called “Apple Events” that allowed other apps to make calls to the browser to get it to do things.

2. The most useful one, imho, was the GURL message, which said “Here’s a URL, please open it in the browser.”

3. This feature is deeply integrated in my CMS. I put my cursor on something, right-click and choose View in Browser. It figures out what its URL is and shoots a GURL message over to the browser, and within a second I’m viewing the page.

4. This feature was copied by every browser from then on. You could shoot a GURL over to any of them and they’d open the page. This included Chrome. Until sometime in the last few days. Then it stopped working.

  • Here’s the Apple Event I’m sending:
  • appleEvent (‘rimZ’, ‘GURL’, ‘GURL’, ‘—-‘, string (“”), ‘cwin’, nil)
  • No error is returned, the event eventually times out.

5. I rebooted the system, relaunched the browser and my CMS, it still doesn’t work.

So my question is this — if you do web development on Mac with Chrome, did this stop working for you too?

PS: I started a Hacker News thread for this, in case you prefer to comment there.

PPS: Losing this feels like losing the right rear-view-mirror on a car. Very jarring.

PPPS: Gradually our development environment is being whittled away by Google and Apple. If I were paranoid I’d think they want to slow us all down, for some reason. That’s the net effect.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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