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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: XLT file won't open in associated application (Excel)
Date Wed, 29 Sep 2004 12:31:26 GMT

When you do the download, are you streaming it yourself from a servlet, or asking for it as
a static resource?  If the former, you should use the http-equiv content-disposition header.

Yoav Shapira
Millennium Research Informatics

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Václavík Radek []
>Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 4:52 AM
>To: ''
>Subject: XLT file won't open in associated application (Excel)
>Hi all,
>I am trying to download an XLT (Excel template) file from Tomcat server,
>instead of running excel and opening the file, browser (IE 6) shows the
>in binary.
>I have tried setting the MIME mapping in web.xml for this site such as:
>  <mime-mapping>
>        <extension>xlt</extension>
>        <mime-type>application/</mime-type>
>  </mime-mapping>
>(I have tried also "msexcel", "excel"). But I still can't get the browser
>run Excel.
>When I put the same file onto MS IIS server and try to download it, Excel
>runs and opens the file correctly. I have inspected HTTP requests and
>responses from both servers and found no relevant difference.
>I also have similar problem with dot file type (MS Word document template).
>I have added the following to web.xml:
>  <mime-mapping>
>        <extension>dot</extension>
>        <mime-type>application/msword</mime-type>
>  </mime-mapping>
>and when I run the Tomcat server on localhost while developing, this works
>fine and runs Word. But when I deploy the application to production Tomcat
>server, Word is not run and binary file is displayed again. With dot file
>type this does not work in either case (as mentioned above).
>I am using Tomcat 5.0.12 for developing and 5.0.19 for production.
>Thanks for possible solutions.
>Ing. Radek Václavík
>ICS Department - webmaster
>ZeNTIVA a.s.
>U Kabelovny 130, 102 37 Praha 10
>Czech Republic
>tel. +420 267 243 296

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