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

From: David Dorward <david@us-lot.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 09:19:31 +0100
Message-Id: <AF7D928A-DFA5-11D8-BED7-000A957E4F00@us-lot.org>
To: wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

On 27 Jul 2004, at 08:23, Jesper Tverskov wrote:
> Some members of this list have been using the argument, that since
> Acrobat Reader has a checkbox where the user can deselect behavior, in
> this case to open inside the browser, no webpage author is allowed to
> serve the open/save dialog but must always open pdfs inside the browser
> right away. Only Acrobat Reader must do otherwise.

That argument could be worded:

* All files should be served with the correct content-type.

* Non-standard http headers should be avoided.

* All[1] browser plugins for opening Office/Adobe documents in the 
browser window can be enabled or disabled in favour of an Open/Save 
dialog at the user's desecration.

* Given that the user does always have that choice - isn't it wrong to 
override their decision?

> Let us say we have some bad behavior on the internet like popup 
> windows.

Poor analogy. Popups are explicit behaviors triggered by authors, not a 
behaviour that some systems use given certain file formats.

> Some browsers introduce a checkbox to protect the users

Here we have the issue of 'some'. Compare that to the plugin issue 
where it becomes 'all'.

[1] as far as I know
Received on Tuesday, 27 July 2004 04:19:55 UTC

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