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

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Sunday January 17th, 1999 1:10 PM

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I agree with Johnson: It should be possible to disable the JS API and it should be disabled by default. I don't like the browser doing anything I have not explicitly asked for (I am somebody who likes to control everything :-)

I would prefer it much more, if I can simply press a "low priority" button in the download window.

Btw. as far as I understood, they want to implement the "silent download" feature in a way that it requires the server to support to resume downloads (I don't know the name, but the server must support download which start in the middle of a file). That means that the feature will not be available on a lot of servers.