I'm currently engaged with a web based application that needs to show text files via directory listing in the web server (Tomcat). The text file has an extension of .inp and .trg, it seems that IE8 is not wrapping the text properly and ignores the white spaces and line breaks of the file. When I create a sample plain text in my directory with the extension of .txt, IE8 interprets it properly. Can you give me a solution for IE8 to interpret word-wrapping with file extension ( .inp, .trg ) rather than .txt?

The previous application is deployed in Apache, and IE8 interprets the wrapping properly. Apparently when it is deployed in tomcat the wrapping is gone. By the way I'm using Jython.

Will it be on the server side (Tomcat)? or in the client side (web browser)?


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For Tomcat, add the MIME types in the conf/web.xml file, as given below


for each extension


In Apache2, and it should be enough since Tomcat should just pass the data along, you can add a MIME type based on file extensions. This is done with the AddType command:

AddType text/plain .inp
AddType text/plain .trg

Note that if you dynamically generate these files, then setting the Content-Type: ... header is your solution.

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