MIME and the addition of .exe files

SYKES D RESEARCH SST 951107 (David.Sykes@tees.ac.uk)
Tue, 19 Dec 1995 10:56:33 GMT


From: "SYKES D RESEARCH SST 951107" <David.Sykes@tees.ac.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org
Date:          Tue, 19 Dec 1995 10:56:33 GMT
Subject:       MIME and the addition of .exe files
Message-Id: <11D94D258F@sstnw2.tees.ac.uk>

I'm new to this list and programming HTML and although a lot of what 
you're chatting about is way above my head, I noticed a simple 
posting about <P></P>. So I hope my questions aren't too dumb and you 
can give me some help.

1) (and it's and big ONE)

I intend to run software from the HTML/Browser environment from the 
client end, at the moment I expect to incorporate excel file, basic 
file and Visual basic .exe files. I expect the client to have excel 
and qbasic (or something similar), but not VBasic. I have worked out 
how to run both excel and quick basic from my browser (although the 
method isn't perfect). I have been able to run my vbasic file using 
the following in netscape (2.0b3) perferences:

apllication/vb1         calc.vba         c:\homepage\calc.vba

This works fairly well until I leave the program and then return, 
when I click on the program I am trying to run, half of it loads then 
it tells me:

can't find helper application

When I look in the perferences the following is in the applications 
box

"c:\homepage\calc.vba"

And when I remove the quotation marks it runs just fine, until I 
exit and return to the same situation.

2)

Also when I start up a second excel file from the browser it starts up 
a second copy of excel! Can I get my second .xls to run in the 
original copy of excel that's already been started.

I hope my question is suitable for this list and that I am not asking 
something which is easily answered on some unreachable FAQ.

Cheers Dave

Dave Sykes, HTML/Software Developer (Research Assistant).
School of Science and Technology, University of Teesside, Borough Rd. 
Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK. Tel: 44 (0)1642 218121 ext 3401
E-mail: david.sykes@tees.ac.uk