HTML and CSS Reference
188.8.131.52. The ftp path and typecode
The path component of an ftp URL represents a series of directories,
separated by slashes, leading to the file to be retrieved. By default,
the file is retrieved as a binary file; you can change this by adding the
typecode (and the preceding ;type= ) to the URL.
If the typecode is set to d , the path is assumed to be a directory. The
browser requests a listing of the directory contents from the server and
displays this listing to the user. If the typecode is any other letter, it is
used as a parameter to the FTP type command before retrieving the file
referenced by the path. While some FTP servers may implement other
codes, most servers accept i to initiate a binary transfer and a to treat
the file as a stream of ASCII text.
184.108.40.206. Sample ftp URLs
Here are some sample ftp URLs:
The first example retrieves the file named pricing from the sales dir-
ectory on the anonymous FTP server at www.kumquat.com . The second
logs into the FTP server on bobs-box.com as user bob , prompting for
a password before retrieving the contents of the directory named res-
ults and displaying them to the user. The last example logs into bobs-
box.com as bob with the password secret and retrieves the file named
listing , treating its contents as ASCII characters.