Re: Using Excel as helper application

Jon P. Knight (
Fri, 27 Jan 1995 16:50:35 +0100

On Fri, 27 Jan 1995, Hans de Wolf wrote:
> What happens is that if the user clicks on the icon the file spreadsheet.xls
> is loaded, but Netscape does not start Excel, but shows the spreadsheet
> as a lot of garbage text.

You've got the client set up ok, but I bet your server is attaching a MIME
type of text/plain to the document when it transfers it. Try adding
application/x-excel with the file extension .xls to the list of
filename->MIME type mappings that your server uses. The server docs tell
you how to do this (with the NCSA httpd, you can edit a file called
mime.types in the conf directory)


Jon Knight, Research Student in High Performance Networking and Distributed
Systems in the Department of _Computer_Studies_ at Loughborough University.
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