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Easy? question about playing .pps & .ppt shows


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Hi everybody! I'm back with another frozen brain. I can't seem to figure out why the .pps slideshows want to download instead of play when viewer clicks the button. I'm sure it's simple, but it seems I am too! :facepalm: Here is the pagehttp://jdsplace.us/v...yworldpics.html the slideshow file is beautyworldpics.pps Here's the code <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd"><html><head><title>Beautiful Views of Our World</title> </head> <body background="/background_images/b2.gif"><a href="/new/lateststuff/lateststuff1.html"><img src="/gif/backblue.gif" border="none"></a> <center><table border="4" width="60%"> <tr> <td><center><font size="6"><em><b>Here are some fantastic photos of our world</b></em></font</center> </td> </tr></table> <br> <font size="4">Click the Blue button...may take a moment to load</font> <a href="/vids/seriousvids/beautyworldpics.pps"><img src="/gif/button43.gif" border="none"></a></center> </body></html>

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Probably because those (proprietary) file types are not natively supported by browsers. edit: clearing up that they are not natively supported. Thanks SM.

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scientist, I think this is what you meant:

Probably because those (proprietary) file types are not natively supported by browsers.
In other words, users would have to have some sort of browser plugin installed to view them in the browser. Otherwise, the browser doesn't know how to handle them, so it just downloads them.
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That will open the file in the browser window most likely, but PDF's are meant to be a standard, cross platform, independent viewable format anyway. I think the OP was expecting a similar feature out of PPT files, which are not like PDF's in their intended application.

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FWIW, Keytone, if you want to simulate the ppt slideshow, you can use JavaScript. Just search Google for "JavaScript slideshow" or something similar and you should get a ton of examples. You could still provide the ppt for users with JS disabled if you wanted to.

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