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Chapter 4. Publishing to the Web > Web Server Settings

Web Server Settings

Before a Flash movie can be viewed on the Web, the Web server must know how to deliver it. Web servers have configuration files with a list of Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) types. When a Web server receives a request for a file with a listed MIME type, it sends a file descriptor, followed by the requested file. The browser then knows which plug-in to use to display the file. If the Web server is correctly configured, you will be able to upload your files into your Web directory and be able to view them correctly in a browser with the correct Flash plug-in. If you can't view the file, or the Web server sends you a text page, you should contact your Internet Service Provider's system administrator or technical support person and ask that the Web server's MIME types be modified to send Flash 4 correctly. If you manage your own Web server, brief instructions for modifying some of the more popular Web servers follow.

Configuring Apache

  1. Locate the mime.types file in your Apache conf/directory.

  2. Edit this file and add the line:

         application/x-shockwave-flash    swf
    
  3. Save the file and restart the Apache server.


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