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From Rory O'Farrell <>
Subject Re: Extension downloading problem
Date Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:24:38 GMT
On Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:17:57 +0100
Rory O'Farrell <> wrote:

> On Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:12:58 +0200
> Joost Andrae <> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I just checked the Writer2Epub v1.1.7 extension on the extension site. 
> > The extension downloads correctly with oxt file extension.
> > 
> > It is correct that from technical view an oxt file is a zip archive 
> > containing all content needed to install as an extension into Apache 
> > OpenOffice.
> > 
> > Am 24.08.2012 15:00, schrieb Rory O'Farrell:
> > > On the en-Forum I have seen a number of reports of downloading problems.  Today
there was this report
> > > " I tried to download and install the ePub 1.1.17 extension. A zip file filled
with various folders containing all kinds of files is downloaded. Nothing that looks like
an installer. How do I install this extension? When a program is offered to me in the shape
of a zip file full of different files, I never know what to do with it, to be honest."
> > >
> > > I suggested this might be a browser problem, as some browsers (definitely IE
in some versions, there may be others) rename the OpenOffice extensions silently to type .zip.
> > >
> > > The user renamed the .zip to .oxt and it installed correctly.  He then send
me the following additional comment
> > > "Thanks! I download the Dutch Spelling Checker and it also arrived in the shape
of a zip file. Now I've renamed them both and they both snapped into being .oxt files. Perhaps
this trick should be mentioned on the Extensions "Introductory Page"? It must be a problem
for many users."
> > >
> > > I have asked what browser he is using and will post that detail when available.
 But in the meantime I think his suggestion of a mention of this problem on the Extensions
page is valid and worthwhile.
> > >
> > 
> > Kind regards, Joost
> > 
> > 
> I am certain the download page is correct as to the extension.  The change to zip seems
to depend on the browser in use.  I know that some earlier version of IE did this, without
notification. When I get further information I'll post it to this thread.  Most of the active
members of this list will use a browser of choice rather than a default browser, and will
also update it, so won't be aware of this problem with some older browser.
> -- 
> Rory O'Farrell <>

I understand that this problem comes from IE8.

Rory O'Farrell <>

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