For example, "about:NavigationFailure" directs Internet Explorer to display a brief page with more information about why a navigation might have failed and helpful hints for avoiding this error in the future.
Microsoft now supports an about: protocol that works as follows. If you enter a URL "about:example", MSHTML (the HTML parsing and rendering engine for Internet Explorer 4) looks in the registry under "HKML\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs" for an string value named "example" and then loads the URL associated with it. If it cannot find the value "example," it generates and displays a page "<HTML>example</HTML>."
When resolving "about:<string>" URLs, Internet Explorer will look for a string value with a name that matches <string> under the registry key:
For example, "NavigationFailure" is listed as a value name under the aforementioned registry entry that has a string data value of "res://shdoclc.dll/navcancl.htm" on Internet Explorer 5.
If Internet Explorer does not find a match between <string> and a string value in this location, Internet Explorer will enclose <string> in <HTML> start and end tags and render it as HTML content.
NOTE: Other than the about:URLs included under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\InternetExplorer\AboutURLS, about:URLs serve no purpose. For security reasons, as of the release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1, when you resolve "about:<string>" URLs, Internet Explorer causes navigation to fail.
Article ID: 183978 - Last Review: Jun 22, 2014 - Revision: 1