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ASP - Launching Notepad.exe Client-side

Hi,

I have Googled the internet beyond belief for a solution to this and keep running into obstacles:

I have written an ASP application using our IIS server which retrieves data and displays them in a nice grid. My boss wants the application to create a .txt file of this data when a button is clicked and then open Notepad with this new file so that it can be saved locally on a user's harddrive.

I can create the file itself fine, but trying to launch Notepad client-side with this new .txt file has proven to be an absolute nightmare. It is a nightmare because I've gotten errors such as from "Automation server can't create object" to others that are a constant, annoying road-block to what seems to me ought to be a simple trick.

Bottom line, how do I do the above without getting errors (opening Notepad with the file created)? Again, Notepad is what my boss wants used, so with that I need to know the solution with ASP (not ASP .NET). Thanks!
Aug 14 '06 #1
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Sp***************@comcast.net wrote:
Hi,

I have Googled the internet beyond belief for a solution to this and
keep running into obstacles:

I have written an ASP application using our IIS server which
retrieves data and displays them in a nice grid. My boss wants the
application to create a .txt file of this data when a button is
clicked and then open Notepad with this new file so that it can be
saved locally on a user's harddrive.

I can create the file itself fine, but trying to launch Notepad
client-side with this new .txt file has proven to be an absolute
nightmare. It is a nightmare because I've gotten errors such as from
"Automation server can't create object" to others that are a
constant, annoying road-block to what seems to me ought to be a
simple trick.

Bottom line, how do I do the above without getting errors (opening
Notepad with the file created)? Again, Notepad is what my boss wants
used, so with that I need to know the solution with ASP (not ASP
.NET). Thanks!

Check a client-side scripting newsgroup such as
microsoft.public.scripting.jscript*, but I doubt you will get much help
unless you consider using HTA (hypertext application). Security
restrictions will prevent ordinary browser pages from launching external
applications.
* your question has nothing to do with ASP which is a server-side
technology that simply generates html to be sent to the client
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Aug 14 '06 #2
Sp***************@comcast.net wrote:
I have written an ASP application using our IIS server which
retrieves data and displays them in a nice grid. My boss wants
the application to create a .txt file of this data when a
button is clicked and then open Notepad with this new file
so that it can be saved locally on a user's harddrive.
Assuming you have an ASP script that outputs the desired text, what happens
if you send content-type "text/plain"?

Response.ContentType = "text/plain"

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en...9dfcfd053c.asp

It may help to do something with content-disposition, too:

Response.AddHeader("Content-Disposition","attachment;
filename=report.txt")

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2183.txt
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q260519/

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Aug 15 '06 #3

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