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Re: Should pdf and doc open alone or inside the browser

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 21:31:24 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200407232031.i6NKVOp01730@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> they know how to do it, but that moves into user education
> territory and UUAG as mentioned) and a Zipped version (which
> in almost all situations will prompt for download).

I hate it when people zip PDFs.  You are taking a compressed file
and trying to further compress it.  It does compress somewhat because
there is navigation data in the file that isn't compressed.  You then
need an additional, third party, program to recover the contents.

This, and trying to serve with the wrong media type, are abuses of
the HTTP protocol.  I'm not sure whether HTTP allows this, but the
MIME Content-Disposition: header would be the correct way of hinting
this behaviour in email, not obfuscating the media type.

If you consider content negotiation and assume, like my Windows 98
partition, that the user has Acrobat Reader, but no unzip utility,
you could end up negotiating a fallback version unnecessarily.
Received on Friday, 23 July 2004 19:09:28 UTC

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