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Internet Explorer and FUFOR's FBI/NSA FOIA CD-ROM

From: Steven Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 12:11:42 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 16:32:54 -0500
Subject: Internet Explorer and FUFOR's FBI/NSA FOIA CD-ROM

While working on additional CD-ROM projects for the Fund for UFO
Research and the Center for UFO Studies, I've found a problem
that affects the previously released FBI/NSA archive as well.
The following was recnetly posted to the FUFOR web site:

It has been found that an "undocumented feature" (which some
might call a "bug") has been identified in Microsoft's Internet
Explorer (IE). This could impact those trying to view the large
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files on the FBI/NSA FOIA CD-ROM. I would
note that only affects those who are using IE as their web
browser of choice. Those using Netscape Navigator do not face
the same limitation.

According to information available from both Adobe and
Microsoft, IE is unable to view .pdf files that are 4 MB in size
or larger, unless they are being pulled from a web server. When
large files of that type are accessed, the system will either
display an error message or a blank screen. Unfortunately, this
"feature" prohibits the viewing of a number of the files
contained on the FOIA CD-ROM being distributed by FUFOR
(primarily the larger FBI files). Files that are smaller than 4
MB appear to work properly.

There have been no reports of problems from any ot those who
have purchased the CD, with the limitation being discovered
while preparing additional releases. It is assumed that most are
using the Netscape browser, and that is why this issue hasn't
surfaced until now.

Once Adobe Acrobat is properly installed on your computer the
Operating System (i.e. Windows 95) is aware ot it as a utility.
This means that the Windows Explorer can be used to point to the
folder containing the large files on the CD, and then those
files can be selected manually and opened normally. It is also
possible to open the Adobe Acrobat reader and then use the
"File" / "Open" commands to open the files on the CD. Again,
this is a problem with the menu system, and not with the files.

The options outlined in the previous paragraph are the
recommended solutions offered by Microsoft on their web site.
While this limitation make the browser less usefull in the
establishment of an "INTRANET", it appears that there is no
hurry to try and resolve it through changes in IE. Fufor and I
regret any confusion that this may cause and would like to hear
from anyone who experiences a difficulty with the CD. Please
forward comments and suggestions to steve@konsulting.com or to

Once again, this does NOT affect anyone who is using Netscape
Navigator, and one suggested solution would be to load Netscape
as a second browser and use it to access files such as those
contained on the FOIA CD-ROM.

I have two projects that were near completion, and they've now
been put on hold until I can make the necessary modifications.
I wish the developers at Microsoft had corrected this "flaw",
but I guess they're concentrating on their legal battle here in


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