Any file uploaded from your local system is represented in BSCW as a document. A document may contain text, spreadsheets, graphics, print files, pictures, sound, video, etc., typically stored in various proprietary file formats. Each document in BSCW is associated with an according file type when it is uploaded. This file type is represented by a specific icon in front of the document name (or by the icon for a file type that does not have an individual icon on your BSCW server). On the Internet, these file types are identified by so-called MIME types. The info page of a document shows this more technical looking MIME type.
BSCW provides specific functions for two kinds of documents.
Plain text and HTML documents:
Documents of file type ‘Plain Text’ or ‘HTML Document’ (MIME types
text/HTML) may be created and edited directly on the BSCW
server (actions File
and Edit ;
Direct editing of documents).
Zip and Tar
BSCW can create Zip and Tar archives from objects in a folder (including personal objects like your home folder, clipboard and trash). Such archives are again BSCW documents (of file type ‘Archive (Zip/Winzip)’ or ‘Archive (Tar)’). BSCW can also extract the files from Zip or Tar archives that you have uploaded from your local system; the files are put into your clipboard as BSCW documents and folders (actions Archive and Extract ; see 13.1 Archiving and transferring objects).
Depending on the file type of a document and on the configuration of your Web browser, several things may happen when you click on the document name in a folder page:
o the Web browser may interpret the underlying file and display it;
o a program on your local computer may be started to display the file;
o a dialog box may come up that lets you store the document as a local file;
o the Web browser may offer a set of options for handling the document.