Creating a hyperlink that will open IE from within Firefox

Hi

We need to be able to create a link (however it needs to be done - the smaller the code the better) that will open the address in an IE window. The issue is that we use Firefox as the default browser, and the page that will serve this link will be opened from Firefox. Here is the exact scenario.
User opens Firefox and logs onto our SSL VPN. The VPN serves a webpage with links to our OWA server. The link opens the deafult OWA page and then provides a link to open OWA in IE.

Thanks

-Tony
osgisAsked:
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mmarksburyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Okay...

This requires some skills in programming.  You'll have to create an activeX control (which is like a Java applet).  The control will have all the logic to open IE with the link.  Once the control is done, you can put it on your page.  

Here is a link to get you started:
http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/webtech/091698-1.shtml

It uses an old version of VB, so you may want to use .NET for this.

Good luck.
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mmarksburyCommented:
This is not going to be easy.  Becuase the link is part of the web page in which you are visiting in firefox, the behavior is to open the link within that same application.  There is no way in HTML to instruct the link to be opened by a different application.

To achieve this, you'd likely have to create an activeX control that instructed your computer to open a certain link within IE.  It might not be worth the trouble.
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osgisAuthor Commented:
Hi Marksbury

It is necessary beacuse OWA doesn't function well in Firefox. If it's complex, can you point me in the right direction or give me some sample code?

Tony
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mmarksburyCommented:
What server side environment are you running in?  ASP?  ASP.NET? Java? PHP? Perl?

It all depends on the language you are using.  
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osgisAuthor Commented:
To be honest, it's a basic html page on the OWA server, which I can modify with whatever I need to do to get it to function correctly.
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mmarksburyCommented:
What is OWA server?  Is that Outlook Web Access or something else?
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osgisAuthor Commented:
I apologize. Yes it's Outlook Web Access.
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PhilHowCommented:
Why you no just install IE view in Firefox.

http://ieview.mozdev.org/index.html
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mackengaCommented:
Just to second PhilHow's response: I use Firefox at work, but some of our internal 'intranet' sites have been written with ASP.NET (euch) and don't work well with a good, standard browser so I use IEview for them (as well as Microsoft's site, which I  need to access quite regularly and which is written with no regard for any kind of standards, just as you'd expect.)
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osgisAuthor Commented:
Thanks for everyone's input. I am not a programmer, so the link from mmark is really not much use. I was hoping for a simpler solution. We have come up with creating an MSI that will "install" the link to IE, and linking that MSI. The IEview is a good idea, however rolling that out to and configuring it on 200 nodes is not realistic.

Thanks

Tony
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