Trouble with directories posing as files in browsers 09 Jan 2006
14 comments Latest by ed
The fact that directories ending in .app or .keynote are treated as clickable files in OS X is mighty clever most of the time. It makes packaging a breeze and you don’t need to have any secret format for it. But someone forgot to tell the browsers!
This is how Safari treats you when trying to upload a Keynote file to Backpack:
That’s not very Apple. The error is hidden in the middle and squeezed between a ton of technical gibberish. Worse still, most people would think that the fault is that of the site. And they will write the operators of that site. Many of them. Frequently. And said site operators will be forced to shame the beloved Safari in public to make it stop.
Firefox isn’t much better. It allows you to select the tricksy files, but then just refuse to submit the form. Another likely cause of “why doesn’t this site work?!”.
So could the “let’s be clever about packaging” department please talk to the “files be files or thermal meltdown will commence” department? Chop.