I'm not a web designer... just a lazy webserver user. Lots of times, I just throw files in a directory, then link to the directory. My sites are only used by the folks I give links to, so its not a big deal.
But I've noticed some weird behavior that doesn't happen with other file types. Even if I put an index page with links to files, this still happens, and I don't know why. Its espescially troublesome to windows users who half the time don't see file types or even know what that is.
Here's what happens:
Lets say its a simple index page with links to .m4a format files (one of Apple's broken .mp4 types). If the user right-clicks and downloads the file, you'd expect it just to download where they save it as what it is. But the browser (or the webserver) adds a .mp3 to the end... (so 'song.m4a' would turn into 'song.m4a.mp3') and its not an mp3 file, so a player will think its corrupt. What's weird is if they just click the link, opening the file in the browser, it will probably play fine.
Its not just IE. Safari does this too. Is it the server?
What's going on here? How do I fix/prevent this?