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Transcending an online dictionary on to a CD-ROM
brotherhood of LAN

 1:44 am on Feb 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hello peeps, im eager for your suggestions on this

Sites similar to mine sell a biology dictionary, and some of these offer complete or limited use online.

I also have an online dictionary, which I have spent alot of time on, and contains almost 2000 terms relevant to my site.

I want to turn the Access database I use to run it on to a product - the dictionary of CD-ROM

I am unsure how i can 'translate' this access database i use into a CD-ROM format where the dictionary can still be searched (and the surrounding template i.e. the design around the content)

Since Im no expert, I use Frontpage2000 to create my site and use ASP to access an MS2000 database

Im eager to hear suggestions as to how I can put this dictionary on my site into a CD-ROM I can sell to visitors of my site!

Will be here waiting for replies! The more info / suggestions / imagination the better



 2:02 am on Feb 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have just completed a similar project where I had to build a dynamic site and then put a static version of it on CDrom.

What I did was to "capture" a static version using a website downloader, perhaps like the one that hit you the otherday, and then used a Web Compiler to package the result into a stand alone application.

This way, the online dynamic version still kicks along, and by compiling the CDrom version you can protect your code and even your content if you wish. Seems to work well.


brotherhood of LAN

 2:09 am on Feb 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

"I have just completed a similar project where I had to build a dynamic site and then put a static version of it on CDrom."

ok i get ya there but what do you mean by web compiler?


 2:58 am on Feb 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

>Web Compiler
A program that takes a colection of HTML pages and converts them to a stand alone program. There are many different ones out there ranging from free to $$$. You should be able to find them on Google seaching for "Web Compiler" or "HTML Compiler".



 12:03 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sorry about sounding dense, but why not just copy your whole www directory onto a CD Rom? End of story. Plop the cd into your drive, launch your browser, and point it to the cd rom drive.

What's the benefit of a web compiler?

brotherhood of LAN

 5:26 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

Tilt > Correct

Thats not a problem....

Like I said, using Access 2000 database for the dictionary, if selling the contents of it Im sure the buyer expects something more presentable than an Access 2000 table (if they even have the software to run it!!)

this is my main prob for getting it on to CD-ROM

I could always create an "A-Z" of HTML files but im interested in any other possible way

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