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Hello everybody,

I am experencing strange problems in connection with a servlet sending a dynamically rendered PDF-file to Firefox and IE-Explorer. The problem is that in IE Explorer the PDF is not displayed inline but instead Acrobat Reader is opened in a seperate window. Whereas in Firefox only the the stream data is displayed as plain text in the browser window.

The servlet answer is processed in the doPost mehtod of the servlet. Basically I followed the suggestions in the various tutorials dealing with servlets/pdfs:

1. The PDf is generated via FOP in a seperate class which returns a ByteArrayOutputStream which is then sent to the client.

doPost method:

...
response.setContentType("application/pdf");
response.setHeader("Content-disposition",
"attachment; filename=Example.pdf" );
ByteArrayOutputStream baos = Xml.makeInvoice(s,b);
response.setContentLength(baos.size());
System.out.print(baos.size());

ServletOutputStream sos;
sos = response.getOutputStream();
baos.writeTo(sos);
sos.flush();
..

Any ideas on what goes wrong?

Thanks
 
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Hi Ben,

Unfortunetly that change in the coding didn't resolve the issue. It would be great if someone knew some links to servlet / browser related issue. As I assume the issue arises because the resource is not called with the suffix .pdf when the browser sends its request.

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