launch app from browser
david at openpartnership.net
Wed Jul 11 08:53:31 EDT 2007
I have done this before - but it was a long long time ago - so maybe someone
else can help you better.... these are the bits of the puzzle I know:
1. just link to a file as if it were an html page - <a href="
2. Hope and pray that your ISP has their mim-types set to serve this
file correcltly - this is to do with mime-types and application/octet-stream
I think is the default and should be fine
3. The user after clicking on the link will then be presented with a
dialog to save or open with an application... the user should select the rev
application you want to associate with the file extension (presumably its a
".rev" stack"). How this works is browser dependent.
4. Further links to files with the same ".rev" file extension will be
associated by the browser with the application and opened by the
These are the potential pitfalls:
1. Application is opened multiple times, rather than "documents" being
opened by the same application - there are ways round this ask on the list
or search the archive
2. It's too complicated for the end user to set up. It should be
possible to get you Rev app to automatically set the browser up to do this
for the user - but this requires a lot of work to get right for all those
different browsers and platforms. Anyway its not too hard. Not sure what the
problems are for obscure browsers - but at a minimum they should all be able
to download the file.
3. The mime-types on you server are not set up properly and you get
text in the browser instead of the option to download - contact you hosting
provider and talk to them sweetly.
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