Select the TEST buttons on the right to test your viewers. If you do not have a
viewer, or if it is installed incorrectly, then you need to go to
the appropriate subsections. Select the text on the left to go to the
appropriate subsections and download a viewer. The objects closer to
the top of the list are more generic than those near the bottom. There are discussions and
viewers for UNIX systems, MACs, and PCs in
Misc. / Applications
Notice on getting viewers:
The links to other sites in these subsections will put you in the correct directories to get the viewers. The links will not get the documents for you automatically since the current versions of the files change frequently. Thus, after following a link, download the file that you want to your computer.
Selecting these local copies off of the VTP will get the files for you and
place them on your system. A dialog box will usually appear asking
where you want to put the program on your computer.
Files ending in .Z and .tar are for UNIX workstations, those ending in .zip are for PCs, and those ending in .hqx are for MACs. Programs that end in .gz are typically for UNIX workstations but since this format is supported on all three platforms and is also used to efficiently compress data, then it could be for any platform.
Many of the programs are also located locally on this server which
should allow for faster downloads. These are usually represented as
literal files names and usually have extensions like: .Z, .tar,
.hqx, etc. There are compression/decompression tools for
and for numerous platforms
are available on line. You can also get MIME decoders
from the above links.
File type information:
The above data objects are a small sample of the approved
MIME data types
. More detailed information about the
MIME types is also available. The format specification for many of the MIME types is
documented in [RFC1521] and
An RFC archieve and the
IETF Home Page are also available.
MIME FAQ for
additional information. Information about the various internet drafts
is also available.
You can also get MIME decoders from the links in the Uncompression Utilities section (above) .
Additional information is available from the archieve of the MIME type discussion list. For those authors wishing to register a new MIME type, the Registration form for MIME media types is on-line.
General installation notes:
Edit the mailcap file (either ~/.mailcap or /usr/local/lib/mosaic/mailcap) to add the MIME type viewer mapping list. On the other hand, the MIME type extension mapping list is maintained on the document's server (/usr/local/etc/httpd/conf/mime.types). See the above subsections for additional information on each specific viewer.
The viewer configuration is set in the 'Helper Applications' settings or the 'External Viewer' settings section of your Web browser. Add the MIME type to the list if it doesn't already exist, then enter the extension. Finally, select the application to use as the viewer. See the above subsections for additional information on each specific viewer.
The viewer configuration is set in the 'Helper Applications' settings in the 'Preferences...' submenu. Add the MIME type to the list if it doesn't already exist, then enter the extension. Finally, select the application to use as the viewer. See the above subsections for additional information on each specific viewer.
Notice about Non-English languages:
Takada Toshihiro, of NTT, has added a multi-localization enhancement to XMosaic to support many languages (Czech, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, ...). Mixed language documents are presently not supported.
Notice to software authors:
If you are the author of one of the mentioned viewers, please send mail
to us indicating your preferred FTP distribution site. This will allow
this list to point to the latest copies of your programs.
Notice to web server administrators:
If you are setting up a server to serve documents, then you also need
to configure the server software to transmit the
correct MIME type information. To set up
the server software correctly, it is necessary to edit the configuration
file. Presently, we have the following available:
Notice to HTML Page authors:
Although there are numerous data types which you could put in your HTML documents, it is recommended that you keep to the more common data types which will allow more people to see your objects.
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Last Modified: Feb 13, 1998