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How to disable the generation of html5 page with video/audio tag when video/audio link is clicked?

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Since Firefox 18 i think when direct link to video or audio file in supported format is clicked the browser generates html5 page with video/audio tag and tries to play it instead of opening it as configured. Unfortunately the build in player lacks both in features and formats support when compared to some plugins and is not suitable as drop-in replacement for them. Is there a way to disable the new behavior and open links normally?

I know that disabling formats in about:config (media.format.enabled) solves the problem, but it also breaks pages, that intentionally use audio/video tags.

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  • Version 2.0.4 Twoflower, copyright 1996-2011 VideoLAN and Authorshttp://www.videolan.org/vlc/
  • Gecko Media Player 1.0.6Video Player Plug-in for QuickTime, RealPlayer and Windows Media Player streams using MPlayer
  • Shockwave Flash 10.1 r999.Gnash 0.8.11dev, the GNU SWF Player. Copyright (C) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc. Gnash comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law. You may redistribute copies of Gnash under the terms of the GNU General Public License. For more information about Gnash, see http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash. Compatible Shockwave Flash 10.1 r999.


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