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How to use Mozilla instead of IE as referenced and controlled browser in VB6 (Dim WithEvents o_IE As InternetExplorer)

Posted on 2009-07-06
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Hello and good morning !

My VB6 project is currently controlling IE6. (It's a kind of form filler, which works fine.)
Now I have to role it out to PCs with different versions of IE installed and had to find out: That never gone work. Especially as IE8 will come soon.

As many PCs update IE automatically I can't have control which version of IE is installed :-( .

So I was wondering: Why not go for Mozilla ?

But unfortunately I have not information so far how to have it as a controlled browser (as reference).
What do I have to do?

Thank you for your help.

Susan


This is what I need to replace:
Option Explicit
Dim WithEvents o_IE As InternetExplorer
 
Private Sub Form_Load()
...
    Set o_IE(0) = New InternetExplorer
    o_IE(0).Navigate m_URL
    o_IE(0).Visible = True
...
End Sub
 
Private Sub Form_Unload(Cancel As Integer)
    On Error Resume Next
    o_IE.Quit
    On Error GoTo 0
End Sub
 
Private Sub o_IE_StatusTextChange(ByVal l_Text As String)
    Debug.Print "o_IE_StatusTextChange", l_Text
...
End Sub
 
Private Sub o_IE_TitleChange(ByVal Text As String)
...
End Sub
 
Sub SetTitle(l_Text)
    o_IE(0).Document.Title = l_Text
    o_IE(0).StatusText = l_Text
End Sub

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Firefox doesn't have such ActiveX... You cannot embed Firefox in VB6 application.
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Here you can find an unofficial ActiveX for Firefox which you can use it to embed firefox in your vb6 application. There is also samples... Check it out, it's great!

http://www.iol.ie/~locka/mozilla/mozilla.htm
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by:DistributedServices
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Thank you, CSecurity, I know that web site and have tried Mozilla/FireFox Active X Control.

It's more for an embedded control, no?
I like to have an external browser instance (with all browser's native buttons, history, etc).

project > reference (not project > component) I need to configure for that.

Do you have any an idea how to control an external Mozilla Browser ?

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by:CSecurity
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Firefox doesn't have such feature, just you can use one of the following methods:

1) DLL Injection
2) Develop a Firefox Plugin and connect firefox to your application using your plugin
3) Do something and read something from Firefox process using SendMessage etc.

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