From Stephan Huber,
"Attached you'll find a proposal for using different
protocols. The idea behind the new code is:
1.) plugins/apps register protocols which they can handle. This is done
via osgDB::Registry::registerProtocol(aProtocolName). Plugins register
supported protocols as usual via ReaderWriter::supportsProtocol(..), the
Registry is updated accordingly.
2.) osgDB::containsServerAddress checks first for an appearance of "://"
in the filename and then checks the protocol against the set of
registered protocols via Registry::isProtocolRegistered(aProtocollName)
3.) the other getServer*-functions changed as well, there's even a
With these changes filenames/Urls get routed to loaded plugins even with
different protocols than 'http'."