I wanted to open a Cash ISA.
When I clicked on the Download Application Form button on http://fixed.postofficeisa.co.uk/isaapplication.aspx it downloaded a windows .exe self-extracting archive.
I moved it to a windows box, and it extracted to the expected pdf.
But for dog’s sake!
There are any number of other self-extracting formats that are less platform-dependent.
And for a 1.3M file, do you really need to compress it nowadays?
And it gets worse, it turns out.
If you let the page time out on you you don’t get a nice message; you get a Server error:
Server Error in ‘/’ Application.
The resource cannot be found.
Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly.
Requested URL: /Timeout.aspx