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filtering only .xls files for <input type="file"...>

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Hi, when using the <input type="file"...> tag in html, is it possible to use html or javascript to filter out all files except .xls files?

if so, how is this done?

thanks!
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Question by:pdanese
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by:seanpowell
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You can use the accept attribute directly within the element. If you have multiple file types that you want to allow, separate them with a comma.

<input type="file" accept="application/xls" />
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by:pdanese
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doesn't seem to work for me (no filtering).  i'm using ie6.0...i input the following, specifically:

 <input type="file" accept="application/xls" name="file1" />


thanks for any other hints.
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Hmmm - must be something with the naming conevntion:

<input type="file" accept="application/x-msexcel" name="file1" />
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by:Timbo87
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You can't filter the actual popup window. The accept attribute is only for the upload script to determine whether to accept or reject the file.
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seanpowell earned 50 total points
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Are you trying to filter which files get viewed, or which get uploaded? I thought it was the second you were after. Obviously there's no way to limit the file listing itself...
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by:pdanese
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yes, i was looking to filter files that get viewed.

thanks for the input, tho.
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