Earlier versions of IE were known to sometimes disregard the Content-Type
(which you set correctly to application/pdf) and look at the suffix of the
URL instead. For instance, they would render HTML if you served a .html as
You may try creating URLs that end with .pdf
Separately, you're not sending a Content-Length header:
HTTP request sent, awaiting response...
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Expires: Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 EST
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:47:27 GMT
Length: unspecified [application/pdf]
which disregards RFC 2616,
On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM, Eric Lease Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I need some technical support when it comes to Internet Explorer (IE) and
> PDF files.
> Here at Notre Dame we have deposited a number of PDF files in a Fedora
> repository. Some of these PDF files are available at the following URLs:
> Retrieving the URLs with any browser other than IE works just fine.
> Unfortunately IE's behavior is weird. The first time someone tries to load
> one of these URL nothing happens. When someone tries to load another one, it
> loads just fine. When they re-try the first one, it loads. We are banging
> our heads against the wall here at Catholic Pamphlet Central. Networking
> issue? Port issue? IE PDF plug-in? Invalid HTTP headers? On-campus versus
> off-campus issue?
> Could some of y'all try to load some of the URLs with IE and tell me your
> experience? Other suggestions would be greatly appreciated as well.
> Eric Lease Morgan
> University of Notre Dame
> (574) 631-8604