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Re: viewable vs downloadble attachment links

From: Ian Hickson <py8ieh@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 22:38:29 +0000 (BST)
To: ptorr@vantsys.com.au
cc: Ravindra Sharma <rsharma@marketfirst.com>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.04.9901112235540.16242-100000@midge.bath.ac.uk>
On Tue, 12 Jan 1999 ptorr@vantsys.com.au wrote:
> The browser works with "registered file types" to determine that
> ".DOC" files can be run with Microsoft Word.

"The browser" is therefore broken. (Yes, IE is buggy in this regard).

What should happen is that the web browser should use the server's
mime type information to discover the type of the document.

> If you rename them to something like ".D_C" (or have no extension at
> all) then the browser will not find a matching file type and will
> ask the user to save the file to disk.

Only because the server will then be sending incorrect mime type

Ian Hickson
Received on Monday, 11 January 1999 17:38:34 UTC

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