Distributing Rev Stacks (was The age of user-translatable applications...

miscdas at boxfrog.com miscdas at boxfrog.com
Thu Sep 12 12:30:00 EDT 2002

Troy Rollins writes: 

On Thursday, September 12, 2002, at 11:01  AM, Rob Cozens wrote:
Most Windows users have never heard of BinHex as a wrapper for a
compressed file, or otherwise. Most browsers do not automatically unBinHex
them, in my experience. Not even on my Mac. 

I'm not at all sure what single format could be used, save perhaps .zip.
Zip is the only compression scheme that Windows users are almost
universally familiar with. Mac users understand Zip, Sit, Sea or hqx. 

> My two cents.  :)
> --
> Troy

I am a Windoze user. I never heard of BinHex format before this thread. ZIP 
files are closest to "universally" acceptable to Win users. However, I 
assure you that there are people out there that don't have a ZIP 
decompressor installed!  Therefore, I suggest a self-extracting EXE 
compressed file. Then, it makes no difference how it was compressed and 
alleviates a requirement for a decompressor; it decompresses just by running 
the EXE. WinZip and WinRar are just 2 examples of popular apps for Win OS 
that will produce a compressed self-extracting EXE. 


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