[thelist] Playing with MIME type (was: Downloading .jpg & .pdf files)

Joe Crawford jcrawford at avencom.com
Mon May 21 13:34:13 CDT 2001

deke wrote:
> This isn't something you do in HTML, this is something you do in
> server configuration. When the browser sees a MIME type it doesn't
> recognize, it asks the user where to save the file, rather than trying
> to open it.
> With an NCSA-compatible server like Apache, you simply put a files
> in a special download-only directory, and stick an .htaccess file in
> that directory for each file type:
>     AddType application/octet-stream jpg
>     AddType application/octet-stream pdf
> Since the application/octet-stream MIME type is simply a stream of
> 8-bit data of unknown use, there aren't going to be any applications
> set up to open it. If you want to have fun, you can use
>     AddType application/evolt-download-only jpg
>     AddType application/evolt-download-only pdf
> or even
>     AddType be/mine jpg
>     AddType true/love pdf

Is this going to work on IE/Windows? It's my understanding that IE makes
guesses about files with strange MIME types based on the extension. Have
you used this successfully? It's an interesting and clever shorthand  (I
like!) - but does it work to bring up the "prompt to save" box for most
browsers in a reliable way? And does doing it this way impact Macintosh?
It seems like feeding an unknown mime type might make it unviewable (to
most users) on the Mac side.

	Joe <http://artlung.com/>
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