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Chapter 22. Whipping Around the World Wi... > Making Your Own Web Page - Pg. 210

Whipping Around the World Wide Web 210 Most sites store compressed files, so they take up less disk space and travel across the Internet faster. If you are lucky, you get self-extracting compressed files--you double-click the file and it decompresses itself. In other cases, you need a special decompression program, such as WinZip, which can extract the files for you. You can get WinZip at It extracts files that have the ZIP extension. Obtaining Popular Helper Plug-Ins and ActiveX Controls Fortunately, your Web browser can help you find the most popular plug-ins and ActiveX controls on the Internet. In most cases, you can carelessly click links. Whenever you click a link for a file that the browser cannot play, the browser checks to see if it has the plug-in or ActiveX control it needs. If the plug-in or control is not available, the browser prompts you to download and install it or displays a page with links to various add-ons that can do the job. You simply follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the plug-in or ActiveX control. Locating Popular Plug-Ins and ActiveX Controls If the browser doesn't know what to do (sometimes it can't figure out which file type you are trying to play), it displays a dialog box asking you either to pick the program you want to use to open the file or to save the file to your hard disk, so you can play it later. For now, save the file to your hard disk so you can go in search of the program you need to play it. Various sites on the Internet serve as repositories of plug-ins and ActiveX controls along with various product reviews. When you need to find a plug-in or ActiveX control, try the following sites: · · Stroud's Consummate Winsock Applications