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Firefox downloads html page instead of opening it

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I have an Apache web server (2.2.24) on a Red Hat Linux server (RHEL 5.8). On the web site I have a link to an html page that is not in the web directory, but is on the file system. When I click on the link to go to the web page, Firefox will not render the html page within the URL of the web site--it instead wants to download the html page before it displays the html. So, instead of getting I get file:///C:Users/myuser/AppData/Local/Temp/Help.html. In internet explorer, the web page opens just fine: does not try and download the file

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Our httpd.conf file has DefaultType text/plain The web page in question has a header of:

  <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
  <META NAME="GENERATOR" CONTENT="Mozilla/4.04 [en] (X11; I; HP-UX B.10.20 9000/879) [Netscape]">

And yet Firefox still wants to download the page instead of render it directly in the browser :-(

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The /conf/mime.types also seems to be configured correctly: text/html html htm

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More information. The "Help.html" page being called is a link

http://mysite/web/mydir/subdir/subdir/test/Help.html is the URL

On file system:

/usr/mydir/subdir/subdir/subdir/test has a link

Help.html -> /usr/mydir/otherdir/otherdir/form/Help.html

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With which MIME type does the server sends this page?

Firefox doesn't respect data present in meta tags when the server already sends this data in the HTTP response headers.