August 14, 2003

Bonehead Play #1

The Lightolier (lighting products) website has information on all of their products. Conveniently, it's in a cross-platform format (PDF). HTML would have been better, but at least PDF is cross-platform. They wanted to make the files smaller, so they used ZIP compression. Well, there are tools on all platforms that support zip, though it's a little less cross-platform than PDF.

Finally, they contained the ZIP file in a self-extracting .EXE wrapper. So this cross-platform file cannot be read unless it's run on a Windows machine.

Bonehead website play.

Posted by James at August 14, 2003 6:18 PM
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I think you should still be able to open it using Expander. I'm pretty sure it can handle it. What you will need to do is ctrl-click the link and save the file directly to your desktop then hand it off manually to expander. You probably already knew this, but someone else reading this might not.

Rui

Posted by: Rui Campos at August 14, 2003 10:47 PM

I didn't try that, I just processed it through a PC instead. I'll give that a try next time.

It's still a bonehead move on their part, of course, to make the user do this silly file manipulation. The info really ought to just be in HTML.

Posted by: JP at August 15, 2003 2:06 AM

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