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    SitePoint Wizard Bill Posters's Avatar
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    url for browser/plug-ins download?

    Just a simple question...

    Having trouble finding a decent url to use for a 'download Internet Explorer' on my browser redirect page.

    I have http://home.netscape.com/computing/download/ for Netscape, which sniffs your platform and takes you to the appropriate download area.
    Macromedia also make it simple to link specifically to the Flashplayer download site: http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer/

    One of only two options I can find for Explorer is their base url where you can download ALL their software.
    This offers too much choice and doesn't exactly make it easy on the users who just want to grab IE.
    The best Explorer specific url I can find defaults to the Windows OS directory which is not ideal for non-Windows users.

    I was hoping for a url/page that simply offered IE in any/either platform or one that automatically takes you to the latest download page for your platform.

    Anyone know the best generic url to use for grabbing IE?
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    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/...e6/default.asp seems like a pretty straight-forward download location to me.

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    It is, but as I said in my post it is a Windows specific directory.

    The latest IE for Mac is 5.1, so presenting them with a page for IE 6 for Windows is pretty useless.

    I'm looking for something that will sniff and direct to the appropriate platform for the visitor or a single page that presents the latest version for each platform.

    Thanks for the feedback Aes, but I think you may have not quite read my post correctly.
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    You could always try to find a JAVAscript code that checks the visitor's OS and then prints the URL depending on the OS.
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    Care to offer any advice on how I might do that?
    I know relatively little about hands on javascripting.

    I can in the meantime have the Internet Explorer link open a new window/page (on my server) with an OS sniffer script that redirects the user to the relevant download site.

    It's not as tidy as I'd like it, but it'll do until I get a more holistic script sorted.

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    PHP Code:
    <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="Javascript">
    //check for platform

    page = ((navigator.platform.indexOf('Win') > -

    // windows or mac

    1) ? "linktowindowsIEdownload.html" "linktoIEmacdownload.html");

    //display the link

    document.write(page);
    </SCRIPT> 


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