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Instead of, or in addition to displaying a table of information about a database record returned on a web browser, I would like that table to be saved as a text file. How can I go about doing this? The book I have says you can change the content-type by saying:

   Response.Expires = 0
   Response.Buffer = TRUE
   Response.Clear
   Response.ContentType = "text/plain"

But that doesn't work. The idea is for the user to be prompted where to save a file which contains a record's data formatted as a table and based on the his/her query. I was hoping the prompt would appear by specifying a MIME type that the browser doesn't recognize. This is the only way I can think of to have the user prompted for a location to save a file. And the file is dynamic (generated on the fly) compared to a static type that resides on the server. Please help ASAP.
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This problem is discussed often on ASP mailing lists.  The best answer that's been thought of so far is to use the FileSystemObject's CreateTextFile() method to write the data to a file with a .WRI extension.  The browser will not try to display this file, unlike what happens when using a .TXT or .HTM extension.

You could display the data in their browser as usual, and also have a <META HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" CONTENT="1; URL="http://www.domain.com/site/file.wri"> to initiate a download of the information as well.  To make this all happen in one ASP, use Response.Buffer and also put the code to write out the text file before the META tag is sent to the client's browser.

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Can you provide a bit of code to demonstrate? I'm getting confused with what to write in what files. I get Response object error 'ASP 0156 : 80004005'  Header Error because of the Expires = 0 part. That's what the Professional ASP book by Wrox says to use though. Microsoft doesn't have a solution for this. See Article ID: Q175324.


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