Download File action in Internet Explorer

The download file action works for me in every browser except Internet Explorer. Does anyone know how to fix this? Trying to get it to work for this page:

http://bridgeasset.com/bridge-contact.html

Need a fix asap. Thanks!!!

Jordan


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You should probably not be serving a Microsoft .docx file - better to zip it first.

Anyway not everybody has the latest version of Word that can open this - better saving in the lowest common denominator that everyone can use.

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Thanks for the response David,

I don’t think that is the issue because you can now open .docx files on older versions of Word. This has to do with how Internet Explorer downloads the file.


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This from MS

To open Microsoft Office Word 2007 .docx or .docm files with Microsoft Office Word 2003, Word 2002, or Word 2000, you need to install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for 2007 Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint File Formats and any necessary Office updates. By using the Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system, you can open, edit some items, and save Office Word 2007 documents in previous versions of Word.

It downloaded for me in IE8 under Vista - don’t have 7

Do you want people to complete it in Word and then email it or print it, complete it and snail mail it. Remember that not all Mac users have (or want) Word.

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It needs to be completed in word (or iwork Pages) and emailed


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So what if they don’t have either of those?

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Couldn’t you make a PDF form of the application?

That seems to be the most universal way as most people either have Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Acrobat Pro.


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Sometime around 12/4/10 (at 20:40 -0400) Jordan Sapp said:

It needs to be completed in word (or iwork Pages) and emailed

You really shouldn’t post it in .dox format. Not only are you
relying on people having added that ‘fix’ to their existing setup,
those using other apps instead will have a middling to bad time with
it.
Pages 09 opened the .docx file okay, albeit with a few warnings
(you’ve used a very obscure font for something in there!). But the
moment I start trying to fill it in it goes berzerk.

If this is something to be printed out and filled in by hand, set it
up as a PDF so it is a bullet-proof file that can be opened anywhere.
(But don’t use the PDF creation ‘feature’ in Office; that’s seriously
flawed.)

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If you zip it, then downloads will be simple. The problem you are seeing is likely related to your Web server not knowing the correct mime-type for the new docx format. You can try using an .htaccess command to add this:

AddType application/msword .docx

Put that one line in a new file named .htaccess on your server, or add it to an existing .htaccess file if one exists. If this doesn’t work, or if you server stops accepting connections after you add it, your server administrator will probably have to add this to the Apache config file instead.

But 200 times what Keith said. Posting raw Word files on the public Web is incredibly user-hostile.

Walter


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