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How to have Firefox convert %20 back to spaces for a plugin?

Posted on 2008-06-13
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I have an internal webpage that was setup with links to many pdf files by someone a while back. The file names of the pdfs have spaces between the names. Example: http://mysite.com/pdfs/big car.pdf

If these links are opened in IE, they resolve just fine with %20 in the spaces, the pdf opens fine: http://mysite.com/pdfs/big%20car.pdf

But if I use Firefox it resolves the name the same way but can't open the pdf in Adobe, I get 'page cannot be displayed'. I've been told that this is because Firefox can't convert the %20 back to a space when it goes to the adobe plug-in.

Anyone know how to fix Firefox so it can concert 420 back to spaces when sending to a plugin?
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yuhs,

I am not sure I understand you correctly or you got good info on the problem and Firefox.  Can you do a test.  Have the URL in the href of the link use the encoding (i.e. %20) instead of a space.  So if you current link that works in IE looks like the following in the html source:

<a href="http://mysite.com/pdfs/big car.pdf">PDF</a>

Then make it:

<a href="http://mysite.com/pdfs/big%20car.pdf">PDF</a>

What is the result of that link in Firefox?  I believe it will work.  The problem isn't really converting %20 to space for the plug in but a valid URL in the link.  Spaces aren't valid for a URL and will cause validation issues if used like example 1 above.

If I am right then do you have the option of fixing the links and their html?

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt
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Please explain the B grade.  Since you accepted this and made no comment at all it would seem you got your answer and all the info you need.  If so an A grade is the appropriate grade (http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi97).  If a mistake was made or you have a question about grading here then please let me know.  If you still have a question and need help then let me know.  Otherwise please justify the grade.
Thanks for the fun question.
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