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6.5.4 Customizing W3

Gnus uses the url library to fetch web pages and Emacs/W3 (or those alternatives) to display web pages. Emacs/W3 is documented in its own manual, but there are some things that may be more relevant for Gnus users.

For instance, a common question is how to make Emacs/W3 follow links using the browse-url functions (which will call some external web browser like Netscape). Here’s one way:

(eval-after-load "w3"
    (fset 'w3-fetch-orig (symbol-function 'w3-fetch))
    (defun w3-fetch (&optional url target)
      (interactive (list (w3-read-url-with-default)))
      (if (eq major-mode 'gnus-article-mode)
          (browse-url url)
        (w3-fetch-orig url target)))))

Put that in your .emacs file, and hitting links in W3-rendered HTML in the Gnus article buffers will use browse-url to follow the link.