Changing the default application associated with application/xml to Kate?

David Faure faure at
Fri Aug 14 13:09:57 BST 2009

On Friday 14 August 2009, Michael Leupold wrote:
> David Faure wrote:
> > On Tuesday 28 July 2009, Raphael Kubo da Costa wrote:
> >> I'm not sure if this should actually be taken to kde-devel; if so,
> >> please tell me.
> >> 
> >> Bug 201162 ( isn't actually a bug - the
> >> default application associated with XML files is Konqueror, but when
> >> the XML file isn't styled it just renders a blank page, confusing the
> >> users.
> > 
> > Interesting, both khtml and kdewebkit render a blank page indeed.
> > I was hoping webkit fixed that; guess not.
> > 
> > So I agree, real xml files could go to kate. But make sure that the xhtml
> > subtype keeps going to konqueror.
> Is this actually possible to decide before deciding on the KPart? According 
> to you can't decide on the mime-type 
> alone as XHTML documents MAY be served using application/xml or text/xml in 
> addition to the proper application/xhtml+xml.

If you follow a link to an application/xml page in konqueror, the new page will
still be shown inside konqueror, since the current part supports the mimetype.

But indeed, this means that typing a http URL in krunner could end up
opening up the page in kate rather than konqueror. Bad.

I have no idea why they said that xkhtml documents may be served using
application/xml, that's just broken since it means we can't differ between
"xml that contains html tags" and "pure xml that a browser cannot understand"...

David Faure, faure at, sponsored by Qt Software @ Nokia to work on KDE,
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