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Posted on 1998-02-06
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Hi!
I am currently developing a VB program that produces
HTML code. I works just fine but now I have come to
a problem. I want my program to send a word-document
to the user. And I am changing the content-type to:
Content-Type: application/msword

It works, my browser is spawning word as the viewer
but my document attached with VB-code is not in the
correct format, hence I get unreadable text.

Of course the problem could be in my VB-conversion,
but I dont think so.

So my question is:
What is the correct format for sending, in my case,
a word-document. What more than just changing the Content-type tag do I need to do?

Appreciate a quick answer!

                     Best of rgds // Anders Karlsson
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by:Christian_Wenz
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as far as I can tell it _is_ a conversion problem. As Office is spawned, the browser correctly identifies the type of document and handles it in the appropriate way, so this seems to work.
Try, instead of launching the word, saving the document to disk (if you don't have this options, look for it under Options/Helper Applications or something like that) and then opening it. Tell me if the document still is unreadable (I think this will be the case)
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by:bigelos
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Do you have a URL where you can demonstrate the problem?
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I am 90% certain that the problem is that you are not using binary mode to transmit the word document.

So, for example, if you read a word document on your server and 'print' it to stdout in order to transmit it to the client, you should do it something like this (in perl):-

open (FH, "../yourpath/yourdoc.doc");
binmode FH;
while (<FH>) {
print;
}
close FH;

I am not sure of the method in VB but you should have an equivalent to binmode.

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by:Kalle 2
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It worked out allright.
Thanks!
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