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From sl...@apache.org
Subject cvs commit: httpd-docs-1.3/htdocs/manual/misc FAQ-E.html
Date Mon, 11 Mar 2002 00:31:22 GMT
slive       02/03/10 16:31:22

  Modified:    htdocs/manual/misc FAQ-E.html
  Log:
  This MSIE text/plain issue is coming up more often than the "why does MSIE work
  but not Nestscape" issue.  Since this answer covers both questions, I just
  broadened it a little.
  
  Submitted by:	Alan J. Flavell <flavell@mail.cern.ch> (via Usenet), Joshua Slive
  
  Revision  Changes    Path
  1.18      +27 -20    httpd-docs-1.3/htdocs/manual/misc/FAQ-E.html
  
  Index: FAQ-E.html
  ===================================================================
  RCS file: /home/cvs/httpd-docs-1.3/htdocs/manual/misc/FAQ-E.html,v
  retrieving revision 1.17
  retrieving revision 1.18
  diff -u -d -b -u -r1.17 -r1.18
  --- FAQ-E.html	30 Jan 2002 15:51:28 -0000	1.17
  +++ FAQ-E.html	11 Mar 2002 00:31:21 -0000	1.18
  @@ -33,7 +33,7 @@
       <h1 align="CENTER">Apache Server Frequently Asked
       Questions</h1>
   
  -    <p>$Revision: 1.17 $ ($Date: 2002/01/30 15:51:28 $)</p>
  +    <p>$Revision: 1.18 $ ($Date: 2002/03/11 00:31:21 $)</p>
   
       <p>The latest version of this FAQ is always available from the
       main Apache web site, at &lt;<a
  @@ -126,7 +126,9 @@
   
             <li><a href="#ie-ignores-mime">Why do my files appear
             correctly in Internet Explorer, but show up as source or
  -          trigger a save window with Netscape?</a></li>
  +          trigger a save window with Netscape; or, Why doesn't
  +          Internet Explorer render my text/plain document
  +          correctly?</a></li>
   
   	  <li><a href="#canonical-hostnames">My site is accessible
             under many different hostnames; how do I redirect clients
  @@ -641,29 +643,34 @@
           <a id="ie-ignores-mime" name="ie-ignores-mime"><strong>Why
           do my files appear correctly in Internet Explorer, but show
           up as source or trigger a save window with
  -        Netscape?</strong></a> 
  +        Netscape; or, Why doesn't Internet Explorer render
  +        my text/plain document correctly?</strong></a> 
   
  -        <p>Internet Explorer (IE) and Netscape handle mime type
  +        <p>MS Internet Explorer (MSIE) and Netscape handle mime type
           detection in different ways, and therefore will display the
           document differently. In particular, IE sometimes relies on
  -        the file extension to determine the mime type. This can
  -        happen when the server specifies a mime type of
  -        <code>application/octet-stream</code> or
  -        <code>text/plain</code>. (Unfortunately, this behavior
  -        makes it impossible to properly send plain text in some
  -        situations unless the file extension is <code>txt</code>.)
  -        There are more details available on IE's mime type
  -        detection behavior in an <a
  +        the file extension or the contents of the file to determine
  +        the mime type. This can happen when the server specifies a
  +        mime type of <code>application/octet-stream</code> or
  +        <code>text/plain</code>.  This behavior violates the the HTTP
  +        standard and makes it impossible to deliver plain text
  +        documents to MSIE clients in some cases.  More details are
  +        available on MSIE's mime type detection behavior in an <a
           href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/networking/moniker/overview/appendix_a.asp">
  -        MSDN article</a>.</p>
  +        MSDN article</a> and a <a
  +        href="http://ppewww.ph.gla.ac.uk/~flavell/www/content-type.html">note</a>
  +        by Alan J. Flavell.</p>
   
  -        <p>In order to make all browsers work correctly, you should
  -        assure that Apache sends the correct mime type for the
  -        file. This is accomplished by editing the
  -        <code>mime.types</code> file or using an <a
  +        <p>The best you can do as a server administrator is to
  +        accurately configure the mime type of your documents by editing
  +        the <code>mime.types</code> file or using an <a
           href="../mod/mod_mime.html#addtype"><code>AddType</code></a>
  -        directive in the Apache configuration files.</p>
  -        <hr />
  +        directive in the Apache configuration files.  In some cases,
  +        you may be able to fool MSIE into rendering text/plain documents
  +        correctly by assuring they have a <code>.txt</code> filename
  +        extension, but this will not work if MSIE thinks the content
  +        looks like another file type.
  +</p> <hr />
         </li>
         <li>
   	<a name="canonical-hostnames"><strong>My site is accessible
  
  
  

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