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Hi, Folks

A friend of mine is wanting to include some PDF documents on his website, but wants to be able to set his HTML so that instead of automatically opening the PDF file in IE the user is given the option to save the document instead.

I know that one could right-click and select "Save target as..." but is there some way of modifying the <a> tag to set this option as the default?

Any help would be appreciated!

Cheers,

Andrew
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No there isn't, its a client side setting. The best thing he can do is to warn the user in advance. (There is a save option in the Acrobat plugin IIRC).

An alternitive would be to shove the file in a zip file, its a pain as the user then has to unzip it but it will prompt for download.
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This is not possible because it is a set MIME type.  At least it is once the user has Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.  If the user does not have it installe dthey will be prompted.  But that won't be much use because they won't be able to read the downloaded file.

The ONLY way you are going to get the prompt for a download is to have a file with a non-recognised (can not be rendered by the browser using a plugin) MIME type.  Like ZIP or EXE for example.  You could offer a download link which would point to a zipped copy of the PDF document as well as one that will open in the browser.
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That's a pity, but I'll suggest the Zip route to him. Thanks anyway, guys.

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