CD Web Gallery?

Could someone suggest how to go about this little project I’ve been asked to look into?

I have to produce a browser-based picture gallery to be distributed on CD or DVD so that when the disc is inserted, the user is presented with web pages of thumbnails separated into categories. When the user clicks on a thumb, they are taken to a page-size image and then given the choice of downloading this image to their hard drive or going back to the previous page etc.

I’m sure I’ve seen this documented somewhere, but now can’t find it.

Bear in mind, there can be no database or php/asp to do this.

Any pointers would be very much appreciated.

Cheers

Tim


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This is a very simple thing to do, all you really need to do is put the entire contents of a Freeway site folder into the CD-ROM. Freeway already generates relative links, so you won’t have any trouble getting it to work correctly from a CD.

But the really tedious thing will be creating it by hand. You’ll need a Master Page for each level of the site, and a disciplined approach to creating pages so you don’t end up with a lot of stuff you can’t edit using those Master Pages.

I just did a similar project for Liberty Fund, translating the parts of their Online Library of Liberty site that could be saved as text PDFs into a mini-site (only 924 titles, and 770 people – just a fraction, really!) that they then burn to a DVD called the Portable Library of Liberty. Because all of that site is in a MySQL database, I didn’t actually use Freeway to make this, just a set of functions in one script that generated the various pages and indexes, and then saved them as HTML files. If your content is already in a database, or if you have more than 100 pages to do like this, you should seriously consider scripting the process. Otherwise it will be a real nightmare to modify later when the inevitable changes come.

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Thanks for that Walter, I hadn’t thought of that approach. I think I had already committed myself to building static pages. I shall look into this method.

Thanks

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Let me know if you want to see any snippets of code. I have a nice
reusable caching function that I use to “write” the HTML files.

Walter

On Dec 12, 2008, at 9:33 AM, DillyDog wrote:

Thanks for that Walter, I hadn’t thought of that approach. I think I
had already committed myself to building static pages. I shall look
into this method.

Thanks

Tim


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