Prevent spawning of Plug-in

Posted on 2003-03-17
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Last Modified: 2010-04-09

I have an assortment of large (140MB+) mpg, quicktime and wmv video files sitting in a web-accessible directory. I have some web pages that contain links to these files e.g.

<A HREF = http://media.fliterisk.com/COS_HQ.wmv>Link Name</a>.

When the link is clicked, the browser tends to spawn the appropriate plug-in to play the video. The problem is, given the size of these files (and yes, they need to be that big) the video streams awkwardly and slowly with periodic stuttering. I just want the user to download the whole file to their hard drive and watch it from there. I put verbiage on the page telling them to use the "Save Target As ..." feature, but I would like to know if there was a more elegant way to do this, with something in the <A> tag or with javascript etc.

Simply put, all users, when they click on the link, should be presented with the "Save To.." dialog box instead of quicktime or windows media player.

Any ideas?

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Take a couple of java scripts, but it might be an option as well for you.


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ForceType application/octet-stream

in .htaccess just dumps garbage chars into the browser window ... am i missing something? i tried other mime types like application/zip etc. to no avail.

i get a feeling that javascript may be neccessary. any ideas on which objects/methods might work best?


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>>I have an assortment of large (140MB+) mpg, quicktime and wmv video files

You're not going to have them download them to view them, that's completely unworkable. COMPLETELY. The ONLY option is streaming, and streaming is prone to dropouts, sputters, etc. There really isn't anything you can do about it -- it's a function of the connection to the server, the user's computer, etc.

I would give them an option to request the video on CD -- you'd have to make the CDs and mail them out, but it would probably get there as fast as a 140MB download. ;-)
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