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

#8 Re: Silent Downloads

by dan <>

Sunday January 17th, 1999 9:46 PM

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I like the first part of the functionality, that it will be possible for users to have file downloads proceed as background tasks allowing them to continue surfing the Web without loss of bandwidth. But I dislike the second part that would permit sites to shove files at users without them first asking for them. Although it has various security features, there will always be holes in them causing risks to the user. Also, it's yet another "feature" that will work in some browser versions and not others, and is not part of any official spec, thus helping to fragment the Web and encourage inaccessible Web design when designers use the "neato" new features and neglect to have them degrade gracefully for those not supporting them. I thought Mozilla was trying to get away from this syndrome.