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mg_open_url, url [, /help_browser]

Open an URL in the default web browser. On Windows and Mac there is a standard method for doing this. On UNIX platforms, the first time this routine is called it will ask for the location of your preferred web browser and save this location in the APP_USER_DIR for MG_OPEN_URL.


url in required type=string

url to open in the default web browser


help_browser in optional type=boolean

set to open URL in ONLINE_HELP application instead of default web browser


For example to open the IDL page on Exelis VIS' website in the default web browser, do:

IDL> mg_open_url, ''

Author information


Michael Galloy, 2006

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IDL 6.1

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