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From "Keith N. McKenna" <>
Subject Re: Extension downloading problem
Date Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:48:52 GMT
Rory O'Farrell wrote:
> 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
>>>> 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.
I just tried using ie8 to download Writer2epub along with a random 
sample of other extensions. I can confirm that it does indeed change the 
extension to zip. I second Rory's suggestion that a notice be put on the 
page to that effect along with instructions to rename it to .oxt after 


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