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Downloadable "Word" files - Help Please.

 7:10 pm on Mar 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

I need to make some forms designed in "Word" downloadable.
I thought I could use a simple HREF (and then the file name) but the file then downloads to IE and cannot be saved in Word only as htm or txt.
Oh Wise Gurus, what should I do so that the file downloads and opens in Word or can be downloaded as a saveable Word file?



 9:34 pm on Mar 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

Is there a reason that it *must* be word? Could you have it as a PDF file?

Just a thought.



 9:39 pm on Mar 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

You could stuff the word files into .zip archives. The .zip files will download just fine, and can be unzipped back to their original form.

But I'd use .pdf files, myself.


 10:04 pm on Mar 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

I have hasd a similar problem,

Basically the only thing you can do is either

a) zip it (causes complications with newbies)

b) have instructions which say something like "right click link then choose 'save target as'"


 6:06 am on Mar 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks guys
Knighty - the right click was what I must had done for a similar idea about 18 months ago, but when I checked that page I must have changed it....can't think why.
I need to keep it as fool proof as possible :) hence a nice simple word file that then has to have the contents of a frame customised. I realise that if this was something being exchanged amongst "computer" people then other options exist. I just need a click and go solution that an "85year old" can follow.


 9:20 am on Mar 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

well if ya do find a solution let me know!

I have PDF files on a site and i just want people to be able to click on a link and it downloads to their machine...so fat the best I can do is put "save target as"


 10:26 pm on Mar 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

As soon as you try to make something as complicated as a download totally, easily, one-step accessible to the newbiest of web newbies, you're running into trouble. The only thing I could suggest is somehow presenting the user with very clear instructions. Perhaps a zip file download, with an onClick popup window that gives easy to read instructions for opening the zip download. The pop-up would open while the file downloaded, thereby giving them something to do while they wait...

It occurs to me though... this thread would really 'fit' better over in the Browsers/HTML forum. It's not actually graphics related! ;)


 5:16 am on Mar 27, 2001 (gmt 0)

We ran into the same situation on a private site, the users were not technical people.
We tried html, pdf, right click etc.. only to find out the only thing they wanted to do was PRINT.
We felt pretty dumb. Ah. . Print?

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