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From geb...@ameritech.net
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Opening an EXCEL document in browser
Date Mon, 30 Jun 2003 01:52:59 GMT

This really isn't an apache question.  You should be posting in a 
Netscape group.  But while you're here, I've found that gnumeric works 
pretty good on excel files.  So use that as the app to launch when 
configuring the MIME type.

bye,
ken

At 15:26 (UTC+0200) on Fri, 27 Jun 2003 Laurent Blume said:

= csebe@fx.ro wrote:
= > MS IE integrates with MS Office Applications throught the OLE mechanism (you
= > can start an application in another), a MS proprietary technology. So, when
= > MS receives an excel doc, it starts MS excel and let you use it inside IE.
= > 
= > I doubt Netscape/Mozzila guys were even interested in adding this
= > functionality, probably due to the fact they want the Navigator's engine to
= > be as portable as possible, between OS's. (in fact, originally their Win32
= > browser was ported from *NIX where no OLE is available but noone complains
= > ;-)
= > 
= > Therefore your Netscape displays your document as a text one with strange
= > chars on screen.
= 
= No, that's not the problem.
= 
= Netscape/Mozilla is unable to open an Office inside the browser, but it 
= is able to recognize its type, and ask whether to save it or open it 
= with the proper application.
= 
= The main difference is, IE doesn't care about the MIME type, but ONLY 
= about the extension.
= That is, if you have an URL ending in .XLS, IE will ALWAYS open it with 
= Office, whatever its MIME type and real content, even if Apache says its 
= content is text/plain.
= 
= Mozilla does care about the MIME type, and won't recognize a .XLS file 
= as an Office file if its type is not correctly sent by the browser.
= If Apache says it's text/plain (the default), it will be displayed as 
= weird chars in the browser.
= 
= So your problem here is definitely with MIME.
= 
= There should be that line in the file conf/mime.types (it is there on a 
= default Apache install):
= 
= application/vnd.ms-excel	xls
= 
= And that one in conf/httpd.conf:
= 
= TypesConfig conf/mime.types
= 
= since both are default, I never had to check them, and it always worked.
= 
= HTH,
= 
= Laurent
= 
= 
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