Internet Explorer 6 - file associations
Posted on 2004-09-30
I will try to be as brief and complete as possible -
We have a website that has been developed that has links to .wav files for our authorized users to have access to.
The problem is - WIndows 2000 and XP and all the associated 'junk' that gets installed (i.e. RealPlayer, Wind Media Player 9 etc) seem to monopolize associated file behavior.
We have a small audio player that we recommend our users utilize to play the audio links on the web page(s). When users install this program, it will play .wav files that are local on their system - but when clicking on a link that downloads a .wav file, depending on their configuration it may play in Media Player, RealPlayer Quick time or God knows what ever might be installed.
Is there any way to simply instruct our users - Do steps A, B, and C and it will work with our "simplistic player'?
Remember my prior statement , we can configure file associations to open our player when a user clicks on a local wav file and everything is fine - but when in IE6 the WIN2K OR WIN XP FILES ASSOCIATIONS DONT SEEM TO MATTER! It may pick another player that the user has installed.
HOW CAN I MAKE WINDOWS & IE6 BEHAVE and act the same way on files based on their extention, no matter where they reside or have come from - While in Internet Explorer?
These files are not streamed. They are "download" links. The user could save them locally and play them, but this defeats on of our purposes for having them use our simplistic player - that has other functions that the rogue players do not..
The key thing to remember is we are dealing with installations that have players that seem to 'monopolize" the associations and over-ride what windows 'should' do... especially in IE6, as locally the associations usually work with 'simplistic player'.
I have posted this message twice before in the browser sections and have yet to get an answer, hence the HIGH POINT RATING.