Re: FTP type proposed solution..

From: Henrik Nordstrom <>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 21:57:49 +0100

I can't agree more with Don Lewis.

Trying to make a program smart, but not making it smart enought to get
100% right is perhaps more confusing then letting the user do the
appropriate selection (if presented in a intuitive way).

I propose the following for directory listings:

For each entry, give three links. One on the name without type,
one for "ascii" and one for "binary".

Duane came with a good idea on what to do when ftpget can't guess
what type of file it is: If ftpget gets a request for a file with
unknown type, then ask the user wether this is a binary or ascii file.

I think that these two changes together make a very complete
implementation, and hopefully not that confusion for people that don't
know about ascii/binary...


1. Directory listings should contain two additional "icons" (shown after
the file) for ASCII/BINARY override.
2. When ftpget can't guess what the filetype is, then the user is asked
to select whether this is a binary or a ascii file.

Henrik Nordström
Received on Wed Feb 26 1997 - 13:35:01 MST

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