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 7:27 pm on Oct 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

On a CD-distributed project i am working on i need to create a search routine that would allow users to search a series of documents located on the CD. It is all of course done with web pages, just locally referenced.

Preferrably i would like to have complete word searches versus a list of keywords but i'll take what i can get at the moment.



 7:35 pm on Oct 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

The biggest question is what kind of technology you're able to use... Obviously the best way to implement a search is with server side scripting. Is that an option? If not, can you use Javascript?

If not then you'll need a compiled program.


 8:23 pm on Oct 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

I am using javascript throughout the project and i think that would be ideal.

But all of the javascript options i have seen so far are brutal to set up and use. I need to be able to search 50+ documents which range from 1000 to 40000 words. Last thing i want to do it try and make a keyword library for that.

I had not thought of any sort of specific program like you mention. Got any examples? Purchasing a commercial package is also a viable alternative if i can locate something that does the job.


 9:08 pm on Oct 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

You're right, using javascript would be more trouble than it's worth.

I think your best option would be to use an HTML compiler. There are dozens available and most are free or cost under $200. The majority include a search function.

Just do a search for HTML compilers.


 1:51 pm on Oct 10, 2001 (gmt 0)

A bit of a cop-out but you could always use the Windows Explorer search... using the files-containing option (assuming your cd is for the windows platform).

Downsides: a bit naff and slow... particularly for big files.

I don't know but perhaps you can somehow interact with explorer search!? Anybody done this with local webpages?

Just a (useless) suggestion.


 3:42 pm on Oct 11, 2001 (gmt 0)

I did find one Search routine that works off a CD just as i am doing. Currently it only allows one hit per page though but after contacting them they did tell me a new beta version that allows for unlimited hits per page and better indexing of results will be coming out within a month.

If anyone else is interested you can look at it at [faico.net...] and look under Navsearch. there is a shareware version you can play with.

Thanks for the ideas


 10:40 pm on Oct 20, 2001 (gmt 0)

[atomz.com...] might have an off-line solution.


 8:35 am on Oct 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

no really :-) An HTML compiler is easily the best solution for this project. I wouldn't lie to ya. ;-)

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