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I can open .XLS files using ASP through FTP, but how do I open .DOC files?

Posted on 2004-08-30
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I have a website I'm developing, and I need to allow users to open Microsoft Office 2000 documents within their browsers.  They also need to be able to edit and save the documents.  To accomplish this, I've set up an FTP server where the files are kept, and granted the users read/write access.  Here is the source code I've got:

Sub OpenDOC(strLocation)
      Set objWord = CreateObject("Word.Application")
      objWord.Documents.Open strLocation
      objWord.Visible = true
      objWord.UserControl = true
End Sub

Sub OpenXLS(strLocation)
      Set objExcel = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
      objExcel.Workbooks.Open strLocation
      objExcel.Visible = true
      objExcel.UserControl = true
End Sub

The links look like this:

<a href="#" onClick="call OpenXLS('ftp://serveripaddress/filename.xls')">filename.xls</a>
<a href="#" onClick="call OpenDOC('ftp://serveripaddress/filename.doc')">filename.doc</a>

The Excel file works just fine.  The problem is that, when I try to open the Word document, I get the following error:

Line: 14
Error: The document name or path is not valid.
Try one or more of the following:
* Check the path to make sure it was typed correctly.
* On the File menu, click Open.  Search for the file using this dialog box.
(ftp://serveripaddress/filename.doc)

I am certain that the path and filename is correct; in fact, if I go to Microsoft Word, and File->Open, and type in that same exact path, it will work fine.  What boggles my mind is that the webstie works fine for opening Excel files, but it doesn't seem to like Word.  Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?
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by:fritz_the_blank
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Don't do this:

Sub OpenDOC(strLocation)
     Set objWord = CreateObject("Word.Application")
     objWord.Documents.Open strLocation
     objWord.Visible = true
     objWord.UserControl = true
End Sub


Microsoft warns against it:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/Q257/7/57.ASP&NoWebContent=1

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You might want to consider the use of Office Web Components:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/office/2000/all/reskit/en-us/70t2_8.mspx

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Hey, thanks for the advice--I spent just a little more time playing around, and it seems like it was a problem with my FTP sites that were set up in Microsoft Word.  It seems that the FTP site was trying to login as someone, but it should have been logging in anonymously.
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Okay, I am glad that you have this sorted out.

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If nothing I posted was at all helpful, then I suppose that a delete is okay.

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