[REBOL] Re: Problem with Apache and CGI returning text/plain
From: rebol665:ifrance at: 10-May-2002 15:38
I am replying to myself because I have found (at last) an explanation and a
solution. "When everything else have failed, try to read the documentation
!" Indeed I have found the answer in the Apache FAQ (see below).
In brief, IE handles text/plain in a non standard way. The solution is to
rename cgi-hw-txt.r to cgi-hw-txt.txt or cgi-hw-txt.cgi .
Why do my files appear correctly in Internet Explorer, but show up as source
or trigger a save window with Netscape; or, Why doesn't Internet Explorer
render my text/plain document correctly?
MS Internet Explorer (MSIE) and Netscape handle mime type detection in
different ways, and therefore will display the document differently. In
particular, IE sometimes relies on the file extension or the contents of the
file to determine the mime type. This can happen when the server specifies a
mime type of application/octet-stream or text/plain. This behavior violates
the the HTTP standard and makes it impossible to deliver plain text
documents to MSIE clients in some cases. More details are available on
MSIE's mime type detection behavior in an MSDN article
sp) and a note by Alan J. Flavell
The best you can do as a server administrator is to accurately configure the
mime type of your documents by editing the mime.types file or using an
AddType directive in the Apache configuration files. In some cases, you may
be able to fool MSIE into rendering text/plain documents correctly by
assuring they have a .txt filename extension, but this will not work if MSIE
thinks the content looks like another file type.