Declaration of W3C Sample Code Local File Access

**	(c) COPYRIGHT MIT 1995.
**	Please first read the full copyright statement in the file COPYRIGH.

This is the module for accessing local files and directories. The module contans

#ifndef WWWFILE_H
#define WWWFILE_H
#ifdef __cplusplus
extern "C" { 

System dependencies

The wwwsys.h file includes system-specific include files and flags for I/O to network and disk. The only reason for this file is that the Internet world is more complicated than Posix and ANSI.

#include "wwwsys.h"

Access the Local File System

The WWWFile interface provides a platform independent access scheme for local files. The local file access works exactly like any other access scheme, for example HTTP, in that the "file protocol" is independent of the underlying transport. This can be used to for example slide in a CVS transport layser underneath the file module without making any modifications to the file module itself. You can read more about the transport managament in the Transport Interface.

#include "HTFile.h"

Content Negotiation

When accessing the local file system, you can enable content negotiation as described in the HTTP specification.  The content negotiation algorithm is based on file suffixes as defined by the Bind manager. When looking for a file you do not have to specify a suffix. Instead this module looks for all alternatives with the same main name. For example, looking for the file Overview can result in any of the files (or directories) Overview.txt, Overview.html, etc. The selection algorithm is based on the values of the preferences for language, media type, encoding, etc. - exactly like a server would do with the accept headers.

#include "HTMulti.h"

File Suffix Binding

This module sets up the binding between a file suffix and a media type, language, encoding etc. In a client application the suffixes are used in protocols that does not directly support media types etc., like FTP, and in server applications they are used to make the bindings between the server and the local file store that the server can serve to the rest of the world (well almost)

#include "HTBind.h"

Default File Suffix Bindings

Register the default set of bindings between file suffixes and media types. This is used for example to guess the media type of a FTP URL of a local file URL.

#include "HTBInit.h"

End of FILE module

#ifdef __cplusplus
} /* end extern C definitions */


@(#) $Id: WWWFile.html,v 2.11 2000/07/04 15:08:14 kahan Exp $