SilentDownload Page Now Online

Thursday January 14th, 1999

Doug Turner of Netscape has a note for us on new background transfer functionality being developed for Mozilla.

Doug writes, "SilentDownload is a background transfer method that allows files to be downloaded to the users machine without interfering with their network performance. SilentDownload does this by only downloading while the network library is not busy. In this way, users can 'silently download' large files over a period of time and be notified when the file transfer is complete."

Read more about SilentDownload at its page on

#18 Re:SilentDownload Page Now Online

by Doug Turner <>

Tuesday January 19th, 1999 11:58 PM

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Please rest assured that I share the same viewpoints as you regarding security and site pushing bits down your throat. When a site wants to download something to you, they will have to ask you permission similar to what SmartUpdate's Jar do. You can "Grant" or "Deny" the SilentDownload action.

You can also ask that this will be remembered.

There will be a preference to turn on and off this feature which is separate from Javascript.

I hope this answers your questions, and give a little peace of mind about misuse.

SilendDownload is now hooked up to the mozilla build system, so the next (binary or source) build you get will have this feature. All you have to do is call "RegFactory" on silentdl.dll. I will be posting a demo of this feature in a few days.

Also, thank you for the good feedback. If anyone would like to help out, please drop a line.