I have a small php system i created for myself. This system contains a few .doc and .docx file documents. I want to be able to open them directly from the browser and not downloading them.
I created a link:
Although i still think it is a programming question, it was answered here: http://superuser.com/questions/103026/open-a-direct-file-on-the-hard-drive-from-firefox-file
Both Firefox and IE8 support the File URI scheme.
Here are some examples valid for Windows systems, referring to the same file c:\WINDOWS\clock.avi
While the last is the most obvious and human-readable, the first one is the most complete and correct one.
Apparently (from the same url):
Mozilla browsers refuse to follow file URLs on a page that it has fetched with the HTTP protocol.
Mozilla browsers can be configured to override this security restriction as detailed in Mozillazine's "Links to Local Pages Don't Work".