Problems with Macintosh Download
Some members have had problems with reading email archive files
that they have downloaded on a Macintosh. Ray Reeder has done
some research on this and has an answer.
Ray stated his problem as follows: when he clicked on an email
archive file to download his mac would ask him to pick a file
name to download to. (normal operation is that the file is
presented on the browser as readable text.)
When he gave his browser a filename to use it would move the
file to his Mac, but his word processor would not allow him to
open it, thus he could not read or search the document.
This is not terribly surprising since Macs look at the first bytes
of each file to determine which application can use them. Since we
do not put any special control characters on these files his Mac
was becoming confused by the lack of this information.
After some discussion with others on the email digest Ray resolved
the problem as follows:
It seemed most likely
to me that it was a NetScape preferences problem, but it appeared that I
did have the application preference for Plain Text set to Netscape
Closer examination revealed that I had two preference
listings for Plain Text. Deleting one of them removed ambiguity for the
browser, and setting the preference to application - Microsoft Word
produced a Word document (openable, searchable, etc.), even when the
active choice was Netscape itself.
Finally, including the suffix .tex
(after .txt did nothing) to the list of suffixes in the edit dialog for
the Plain Text application preference produced a download of the archive
to a display on the browser screen.
So the fix sequence from the
Navigator window is EDIT / PREFERENCED / NAVIGATOR / APPLICATIONS /
PLAIN TEXT / EDIT / add .tex to the list of suffixes and select Netscape
(internal) as the preferred choice of application.
Thanks for sorting that out, Ray! Webmaster
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