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RTF, IE6 and PHP

P: n/a
I have been googling, rtfm'ing, rtfw'ing and doing everything I can to
get this working.

Server:
Apache 2.0.50
PHP 4.3.4
PDFLib 4.0.3
MySQL 4.0.17

Client:
Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 2
IE 6.0.28

Code:

<?php
// Connect to the DB and retrieve the records we need
$db = mysql_connect("localhost", "root", "**********");
mysql_select_db("EngInfo",$db);

// get the count of the number of rows of data
$query = "SELECT count(*) as count FROM brw";
$res = mysql_query($query);
$row = mysql_fetch_array($res);
$numrows = $row['count'];

$result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM brw WHERE id=2 ORDER BY id ASC");

//generate the headers to help a browser choose the correct application
header( 'Content-type: application/msword' ); header(
'Content-Disposition: inline, filename=brwrep.rtf');
// open our template file
$filename = 'LChace.rtf';
$fp = fopen ( $filename, 'r' );

//read our template into a variable
$output = fread( $fp, filesize( $filename ) );

fclose ( $fp );

while($myrow = mysql_fetch_array($result)) {

// replace the place holders in the template with our data
$output = str_replace( '<<bid>>', strtoupper( $myrow['bid'] ), $output
);
$output = str_replace( '<<bdrep>>', $myrow['bdrep'], $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<recdate>>', $myrow['recdate'], $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<solic>>', $myrow['solic'], $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<closedate>>', $myrow['closedate'], $output
);
$output = str_replace( '<<clin>>', $myrow['clin'], $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<nsn>>', $myrow['nsn'], $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<qty>>', $myrow['qty'], $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<nomen>>', $myrow['nomen'], $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<slp>>', $myrow['slp'], $output );
}
// send the generated document to the browser
echo $output;
?>

The above code is called via http://servername/rtf.php?id=2. This code
works with every browser I try EXCEPT IE 6 and wouldn't you know it,
IE6 is the <cough>preferred</cough> browser on our LAN.

Whenever I attempt to use this script under IE6, the browser wants to
download the URL instead of the filename (brwrep.rtf). If I
download/view with Mozilla, all is well, I can save the freakin file
and then open it with word without issue.

My travels around google and this news group lead me to a lot of folks
having the same problem, however it would appear that nobody has come
up with a solution.
HOW/CAN this be fixed, worked around or?

TIA for any suggestions!

rk

Jul 17 '05 #1
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redneck_kiwi wrote:
// send the generated document to the browser
echo $output;

Just before the echo line try outputing some headers with the header()
function. Try these two lines:

header('Content-type: image/jpeg');
header('Content-disposition: attachment; filename=logo.jpg');

The first line tells the browser the MIME type for the response so you
will need to adjust that for an RTF file (something like text/rtf I
would imagine), while the latter indicates that the browser will be
receiving a file. However, I cannot guarantee the syntax is correct so
you may have to do some digging for that.

I hope this is what you were looking for.
--
Scott Orsburn
scottso_no@spam_maclaunch.com

Kaomso | Information Technology
www.kaomso.com

Jul 17 '05 #2

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The header calls are already there...that's the problem, IE appears to
totally ignore them!

Thanks

rk

Jul 17 '05 #3

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redneck_kiwi wrote:
<snip>
//generate the headers to help a browser choose the correct application
Try this

if (stripos($_SERVER['USER_AGENT'], "MSIE") !== false) {
header('Content-type: application/octet-stream');
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=brwrep.rtf');
} else {
/* send the correct headers for other browsers */
header( 'Content-type: application/msword' ); header(
'Content-Disposition: inline, filename=brwrep.rtf');


}

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Jul 17 '05 #4

P: n/a
Close but no cigar :-). The #$#$ header still isn't passing the correct
filename, instead it's passing the url. Thinking that perhaps the id
was the problem, I temporarily hardcoded the record id into the code so
the url is now someerver/rtf.php. IE still wants to save rtf.php and
not bwrep.rtf. Even trying to save the file (letting IE have it's way
with the filename) results in an error that it couldn't download the
file rtf.php.

Thanks for the help though!

rk

Jul 17 '05 #5

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redneck_kiwi wrote:
Close but no cigar :-).


http://www.faqts.com/knowledge_base/view.phtml/aid/141

has a few more options you may want to try.

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Jul 17 '05 #6

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"redneck_kiwi" <kf****@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:11**********************@f14g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
The header calls are already there...that's the problem, IE appears to
totally ignore them!

Thanks

rk


Try replacing the comma in 'Content-Disposition: inline,
filename=brwrep.rtf' with a semi-colon.
Jul 17 '05 #7

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Chung, changing comma to semi-colon or semi-colon to a comma apparently
makes no difference.

Thanks

rk

Jul 17 '05 #8

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I tried the suggestions from your link Pedro and they didn't change the
behaviour I am seeing. I'm going to be bald before I get this one
solved!

<pulling lots of grey hair out>

Thanks
rk

Jul 17 '05 #9

P: n/a
Added two lines and re-arranged the code and now it works! Still
doesn't pass the correct filename, but what the hell, at least I get
the file now! Thanks everyone!

rk

<?php
// Connect to the DB and retrieve the records we need
$db = mysql_connect("localhost", "root", "**********");
mysql_select_db("EngInfo",$db);
$result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM brw WHERE id=2 ORDER BY id ASC");

while($myrow = mysql_fetch_array($result)) {
$bid=$myrow['bid'];
$bdrep=$myrow['bdrep'];
$recdate=$myrow['recdate'];
$solic=$myrow['solic'];
$closedate=$myrow['closedate'];
$clin=$myrow['clin'];
$nsn=$myrow['nsn'];
$qty=$myrow['qty'];
$nomen=$myrow['nomen'];
$slp=$myrow['slp'];
}

//generate the headers to help a browser choose the correct application
header('Content-Type: application/msword');

// These two lines saved the day!
header('Pragma: public');
header('Cache-Control: must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0');

header('Content-Disposition: inline, filename=bwrep.rtf');

// open our template file
$filename = 'LChace.rtf';
$fp = fopen ( $filename, 'r' );

//read our template into a variable
$output = fread( $fp, filesize( $filename ) );
fclose ( $fp );
// replace the place holders in the template with our data
$output = str_replace( '<<bid>>', strtoupper( $bid ), $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<bdrep>>', $bdrep, $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<recdate>>', $recdate, $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<solic>>', $solic, $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<closedate>>', $closedate, $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<clin>>', $clin, $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<nsn>>', $nsn, $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<qty>>', $qty, $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<nomen>>', $nomen, $output );
$output = str_replace( '<<slp>>', $slp, $output );

echo $output;

?>

Jul 17 '05 #10

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redneck_kiwi wrote:
I tried the suggestions from your link Pedro and they didn't change the
behaviour I am seeing. I'm going to be bald before I get this one
solved!

<pulling lots of grey hair out>


I HATE THAT!!! STOP IT!!! :-)
I did a few tests here at work (don't tell anyone) and found this out:

## This works
header('Content-Type: application/vnd.msword');
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=test.rtf');

## Removing the "vnd." from the Content-Type also works
header('Content-Type: application/msword');
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=test.rtf');

## Specifying "octet-stream" also works
header('Content-Type: application/octet-stream');
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=test.rtf');

## Replacing the semi-colon by a comma does *NOT* work
header('Content-Type: application/vnd.msword');
header('Content-Disposition: attachment, filename=test.rtf');

## Making the Content-Disposition: inline does *NOT* work
header('Content-Type: application/vnd.msword');
header('Content-Disposition: inline; filename=test.rtf');
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Mail to my "From:" address is readable by all at http://www.dodgeit.com/
== ** ## !! ------------------------------------------------ !! ## ** ==
TEXT-ONLY mail to the whole "Reply-To:" address ("My Name" <my@address>)
may bypass my spam filter. If it does, I may reply from another address!
Jul 17 '05 #11

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