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Default How to embed Word document in HTML page!

Hi everybody

I Have to display a word document in my webpage. Our web application is running under trusted security policy with full permissions (on an intranet). All browsers are IE. There is a way (as I knew) using OBJECT tag. I know how to use this tag to include external objects on my HTML page (like SWF, PDF, etc). But it seems it doesn't work for Word documents. I'm trying the following code (simplified here) on different clients having Office 2003 or 2007 installed, using doc/docx file type:

<object id="msword" width="100%" height="100%"

When I open this page on my browser, it loads successfully without any error. But nothing appears on screen. It seems that Word object is loaded by browser (I can see WINWORD.exe on my process list using Task Manager) and fills the given area on the screen. I mean, when I right-click on different regions of my page, all the regions occupied by word object, prevents browser context menu to appear. Also the given file is downloaded from server successfully (as I changed the file address to some invalid name, a red cross apeared in place of Word object, indicating 404 HTTP error).

Some guys suggest to use IFRAME instead of OBJECT tag and set its src to given doc file. But in this scenario, browser tries to save/open given file and save/open dialogue appears on screen.

Now, I don't know what should I do and what to try.

- Is it possible to display a word document in HTML page in this way or it's completely impossile due to some technical issues ?
For example, Word OLE mechanism may not support to be hosted on a container like IE. This is my guess because when I try to open a pdf document using browser's file open dialogue, IE loads Adobe Acrobat Reader inside itself through OLE mechanism and let it handle displaying pdf file by itself. But when I try the same for a doc/docx file, file save/open dialogue appears and browser tries to download and save/open the given document.

- Do I have to try some special attributes on my OBJECT tag ?
I've already tried type attribute with different mime-type values I'd found for doc/docx document, but nothing happened

- Should I set some special mime-type on my server so that IE knows what is coming from server side?
As IE uses client's windows registery to lookup clsid of Microsoft Word, I think it's reading a mime-type associated to this clsid too.

However, I'm waiting for you guys. Please help me or tell me that it's completely impossible and make me relax
Ehsan Zaery Moghaddam
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Hi, I used that approach which was suggested to you (with IFRAME) and it worked on newer version of Chrome, so my guess is that it didn't work for you because that version of browser you used did not have a good support for iframe elements.
Sidenote, I'm not sure if embedding an actual document on a page is wise, someone mentioned me to avoid this and use some alternatives.
For example my requirement was only to let users preview on ASP.NET website a Word file, so I just converted it to HTML and rendered it instead.
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Microsoft Word can save its files as either documents or Web pages. If you want to embed a file's content into a larger Web page on your company site, you can extract its HTML code and paste it into your page. If you'd rather people access the file exactly as it appears in the Word document, as would be the case when you share an extended company report, you can embed the document as a link so that users can download the original file.
Embed as HTML

1. Open your document in Microsoft Word and then press "Alt-F-A" to open the Save As dialog box.

2. Click the "Save as Type" drop-down box. Select "Single file Web page" and click "Save."

3. Open the MHTML file you just created, using a text editor such as Notepad or an HTML editor such as Dreamweaver. Open your Web page code in a second window or tab.

4. Copy the code between the "<style>" and "</style>" tags in the MHTML document and paste the code into the corresponding style section of your Web page.

5. Copy the content that appears between the "<body>" and "</body>" tags in the MHTML file and paste it before the closing "</body>" tag in your Web page.
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