This is a special request method provided by the Netscape browser to gain access to local client-side resources. The resources are loaded from inside the application itself.
In the Macintosh version of Navigator, this means they are stored in the resource fork of the browser application. If you need to deploy a custom version of Navigator within an Intranet environment, with some care you can modify these resources with a resource-editing tool, such as ResEdit. Always work on a copy of the application and test the changes thoroughly.
On other platforms, the resources are likely to be stored in files located in folders adjacent to the application. You will need to study your own copy of Netscape to see what you can change.
These special URLs are mostly not present in early versions of MSIE, although there will be some internal resources which may provide customization opportunities. MSIE also supports an about:blank URL that provides a blank page. There may be others hidden away inside the application.
You may also be able to obtain administration tools from Netscape and Microsoft to carry out legitimate customizations on the browsers before deploying them throughout your organization.
The following special URLs seem to work when typed into the location box:
|about:mozilla||A fire & brimstone quote from the book of Mozilla (Yes it's really there - at least on some versions)|
|about:authors||Shows a cryptic message about the page having been removed, although the authors.html file is still present inside the application..|
|about:cache||Displays a disk cache report|
|about:document||Displays the document info console.|
|about:fonts||Displays the font info console.|
|about:global||A global history report|
|about:image-cache||A report on the internal image cache|
|about:license||A hyperlink to the Netscape license document|
|about:mailintro||Displays the Netscape mail info page.|
|about:memory-cache||A report on the memory cache|
|about:pics||Generates a security exception|
|about:plugins||A page of information about the plugins|
|about:security?advisor=XXX||Brings up a security console where XXX indicates the window to operate on.|
|about:security?banner-insecure||Serves an unlocked padlock image|
|about:security?banner-secure||Serves a locked padlock image|
|about:security?issuer-logo=XXX||Returns a graphic where XXX identifies which one|
|about:security?subject-logo=XXX||Returns a graphic where XXX identifies which one|
|about:fclogo||Full Circle software logo|
|about:hype||An audio clip|
|about:javalogo||Java compatible logo|
|about:mclogo||Marimba Castanet logo|
|about:odilogo||Object Design logo|
|about:qtlogo||Apple QuickTime logo|
|about:rsalogo||RSA secure logo|
|about:blank||Presents a blank page on Netscape Navigator 3 and MSIE version 5. It is used to create a blank page when a new window is opened.|
Many of the built in assets are used as image sources in the about page. It's possible you might want to display the Netscape logo. If you are aware that you are using software provided by the other third parties, you might (if they give you permission) place their logo on the screen when you are using features of their software. You should ask first, although Netscape probably won't mind their logo being served like this.
The interesting thing about this is that you are effectively serving assets out of a static cache in the client file system.
The URL that points at the license document may be useful as it is possible you might want to display the Netscape license if you are redistributing the browser.
The MSIE and Netscape browsers can both use the about:blank URL value as a default page when the browser is started up.
The UniversalBrowserRead privilege is required for access to internal browser values and state information such as the cache contents.