RE: Of BinHex, Netscape, and Automatic Recognition

DEXTER Scott (
Fri, 22 Mar 1996 11:47:51 -0700

Lile - you might have to configure the Apache's mime-types.config file to
send .hqx files in the right format (application/mac-binhex40).

otherwise, the server has no clue how to send the file, and the client
doesn't know how to view it (wrong mime header, ya know?)

hope this helps-

From: Mark Coniglio[]
Sent: Friday, March 22, 1996 9:27 AM
Subject: Of BinHex, Netscape, and Automatic Recognition

Hello Artist Comrades!

I am having a problem with getting Netscape to recognize BinHex (.hqx)
files from (BinHex, for the non-Mac inclined, is a encoding
scheme that allows you to repesent binary files in text only documents --
similar to uuencode.)

At sites other than Art on the Net, when I click on an .hqx file Netscape
recogizes it as a BinHex file, and sends it off to StuffIt expander to be
converted. When I try to download .hqx files from Art on the Net, Netscape
just displays them as if they were text, apparently unaware that they are

As far as Netscape goes, I have the follow line in the helper application

Mime Type Application Action Extensions
application/mac-binhex40 -- StuffitExpander -- Launch -- hqx, .hqx

so you would think that Netscape would see the hqx at the end and know what
to do.

Is there some kind of MIME encoding information that needs to be sent by
the server to make this work? Am I doing something wrong when uploading the

Any ideas, thoughts, or help appreciated...


P.S. If you would like to try, there is a very short .hqx file at

Mark Coniglio, Artistic Co-Director |
Troika Ranch |