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Re: HTML4.0 zip file problem (fwd)

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 20:05:08 -0500
Message-ID: <38963144.25FADC2@w3.org>
To: "ai312@hwcn.org" <ai312@hwcn.org>
CC: www-html-editor@w3.org
"ai312@hwcn.org" wrote:


If you are using Windows 98, you have access to suffixes of more
than three letters. The problem may be that the program you are
using is truncating the extension from .html to .htm, even though
Windows will support .html. 

I think you should find out if your unpacking tool will allow you
to preserve suffixes as is.

 - Ian

> Below is an earlier email I sent out concerning the problem of not being
> able to read the zip archived version of html 4.0 on my computer.
> I did not think it necessary to mention I was using an IBM compatible,
> however that does seem necessary at the moment.  I seem to have solved my
> problem, but this has opened onto even more problems making a simple task
> a complex task.
> For example, with the problem intact, I would OPEN FILE through neavigator
> 4.7 onto cover.html.  That would have a table of contents.  If you move
> down to any of hte contents listed and their links, the links all have the
> .html extension.  Unlike UNIX, IBM's can only have 3 characters as their
> extension.  Using windows 98 second edition, which provides the latest
> DOS, I'm able to extend my filenames, but not their extensions.
> The problem I had was fixed by renaming one link to .htm, testing it on
> another link proved the solution again.  Rather then be a solution, its
> now made my 'website html 4.0' a problem, since I would be required to
> RENAME EVERY LINK in the HTML FILES MANUALLY, just so that I may read the
> files.
> I'm rather upset by this.
> I hoped to easily read the files, but now the only alternative is to be
> online which is itself impossible and impractical.
> Please advise me on my other alternatives if I have any.
> If I am correct in my understanding that the IBM PCS of this world cannot
> use these Zip files for programming, then I have to say there has been a
> complete oversight made, a huge gross mistake, though a simple one serious
> enough to bring the entire thing down, excluding untold amounts of
> programmers outside.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> I recently downloaded several zip files from www.w3.org for reading and
> study, but after unzipped they had trouble finding their files using their
> paths.
> It unzips like it were a website on a local station, but every time I
> click somewhere the response is "cannot find file/directory"
> I unzipped typing :  "pkunzip -d FILENAME"
> The corresponding sub directories were created without problem.
> I further looked the path in the browsers window, and shelled to dos to
> check the sub dir myself for that same file.  ALl of the files they try
> to find are there, workable and in the same path.
> I have no idea what is wrong.  I use a capable enough system and netscape
> navigator 4.7.  I can read each file fine if I go there manually using
> "OPEN FILE", but thats an impossible practice since I Hvae no table of
> contents.
> Please advise on what I can do.  I want to start work on websites ASAP,
> and need to read up on 4.0 code.

Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
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Received on Monday, 31 January 2000 20:11:02 UTC

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