Unsolicited Behavior of Web-based Help

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Tom123
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Unsolicited Behavior of Web-based Help

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I am very concerned about the
New feature: In addition to the PDF manual, context-sensitive web-based help is now integrated into the programs.
in
SoftMaker Professional 2021 (rev S1034.0713) 64bit
It starts up my Web Browser in a mode that I do not want. I have spend a lot of time configuring the profile of my web browser for safe browsing.

Why does SoftMaker bypass the user-defined configuration of the web browser?
How can I turn-off this unsolicited behavior?

Thanks
Tom
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Re: Unsolicited Behavior of Web-based Help

Post by martin-k »

We just pass the URL to Linux and ask it to open it in the default browser. This should be the same behavior that you get when you double-click on an HTML file in your file manager.
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Tom123
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Re: Unsolicited Behavior of Web-based Help

Post by Tom123 »

OS: Linux Mint Mate 19.3.

This is what I get when I double-click on an HTML file in my file manager.
BrowserUserProfile.png
And this is what I get, when I click on Help > Help in TextMaker2021.
BrowserTextmaker.png
Do your see the difference?

Regards
Tom
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Re: Unsolicited Behavior of Web-based Help

Post by Tom123 »

Found out the reason.

The good news is, SoftMaker is not alone responsible for this issue. I take part of the blame.

Since SoftMaker Office 2021 for Linux does not respect Linux defaults and creates its unhidden "SoftMaker" directory directly in the HOME directory of the user, I have tweaked the scripts /usr/bin/textmaker21, /usr/bin/planmaker21 and /usr/bin/presentations21 and defined therein

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HOME="$HOME"/.SoftMaker21
Consequently, SoftMaker Office 21 and all of its child processes run based on this fake HOME directory, which of course lacks the profile of Firefox because Firefox in contrast to SoftMaker Office 21 for Linux does respect Linux defaults and creates a hidden .mozilla directory in the user's real HOME directory.

I have fixed this issue this way:

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% cd ~/.SoftMaker21
% ln -s ~/.mozilla .
I wished SoftMaker Office 21 for Linux had never ignored the Linux defaults.

Regards
Tom
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