In MOSS 2007 what exactly is the difference between "read" and "View Only" ?

John Stevens
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My original understanding was that with "View Only" one could view the site, lists and content of a document library but not actually open the documents in the library, however when testing I perceived  no difference between that permission level and "Read"  both permission levels allowed me to open documents in a site's document library, as well as view the site and lists contained there. So I am a little confused on this because to me that makes "View Only" a little redundant.
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Users with Read only permissions can view the content using Client side application like Excel or Infopath.
Users with View only permissions cannot.Like they can view only Server side rendering items.

A Summary of Differences between View and Read Permissions
View Permission - Allows users to open a Web site, list, or folder in order to access items inside that container. View items in lists, documents in document libraries, and view Web discussion comments.

Read Permission - Allows Users to View items in lists, documents in document libraries, and view Web discussion comments.  Open Items and View the source of documents with server-side file handlers.    
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