Re: ZIP, .gif.htm etc.
Alan C. Wolfson (wolfson@SCAMP.MV.COM)
Sun, 20 Oct 1996 10:51:20 -0400
At 08:01 AM 10/20/96 -0600, Jan Mussler wrote:
>It might help several of us if you state how you'd use Netscape to unzip
>and what all the .extensions are and what they mean for you to do with
>them i.e. the patrol box is a .gif file??? My computering is coming along
>at a snails pace, though I did "chat" briefly for JOTI. Also, how do you
>set a "chat" for more than one line?
On the PC platform running Windows95 you can obtain WinZip, or
something similar from http://www.windows95.com. WinZip provides a graphical
interface into the classic DOS archive programs pkzip and pkunzip. Those
programs allow you to create a single disk file, a "zip file", that can
contain many individual programs. In addition, when inserting files into a
zip file, they are subjected to a compression algorithm that reduces the
amount of disk space that the individual files occupy. The end result is a
(relatively) small file that requires less time to transmit via modem than
the individual files themselves.
On the Macintosh (Mac experts please correct me if I'm wrong) you
can obtain a program called Stuffit which provides similar functionality to
pkzip or WinZip. On the Mac I think those files typically end in .sit or .hqx.
Regardless of platform, you can configure Netscape to automatically
recognize those compressed files and launch the appropriate decompressing
program. Generally, the first time that Netscape encounters a file type it
doesn't know about, it presents a dialog box asking what you want to do with
the file. You have the option of simply saving the file to disk, or
specifying an application that knows what to do with those files.
Some common file extensions are:
.exe PC executable files (programs that you can run)
.bat PC DOS batch files
.com older PC executable files
.gif graphic files (common on PC)
.jpg graphic files (common on PC)
.pict graphic files (common on Mac)
.zip archive files (common on PC)
.sit archive files (common on Mac)
.hqx archive files (common on Mac)
.au audio files
There are a lot more file types, but I think these are the ones that
you will run across most often when surfing the 'Net.
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