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Internet Documents

By sabre ·
Is there a way to put documents on the internet that can be viewed but not downloaded?


Jerry Clausing
Sandpiper Media

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by robo_dev In reply to Internet Documents

In general, no.

It all depends how you define 'Document' and how you define `download'.

You can save a word document as a TIFF or JPEG image file, and post in on a web page popup (which takes away the browser print and 'save as' options for graphics. This would stop about 60% of all computer users from being able to do anything with it.

A more computer literate user who is able to download the tiff image will get an image of the document, but not an editable document. However, the individual could then use OCR (optical character recognition) software to extract the text with about 98% accuracy if it's a clean image.

Anything on a web page can be captured with a 'screen print' (CTRL-ALT-SHIFT Printscreen in Windows and then paste into your favorite word processor). It's not editable, as it is an image of the screen.

Typically the way to post the image but not make it usable is to watermark it and to make a low resolution 'thumbnail'. You then make it so you need a password to get to a secure portion of the website, or a password to decrypt an encrypted document.

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