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Alternatives to Server Side Include Files when building a site on a CD

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JR
Hello - I'm definitely in need of a bit of expertise. I'm trying to
take a website that uses Server Side Include (SSI) code and put it
onto a CD ROM so that people w/out internet access can view the site
as they normally would by browsing the CD. Ideally, this CD can be
give as a leave-behind, so I don't want to have to worry about the
user's system configurations; just whether or not they have a CDROM
drive or not. Has anyone had any success w/ anything like this?
Perhaps using a different code method instead of SSI? Any
help/insights would be much appreciated!

Thanks!

JR
Jul 20 '05 #1
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"JR" <jp********@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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Hello - I'm definitely in need of a bit of expertise. I'm trying to
take a website that uses Server Side Include (SSI) code and put it
onto a CD ROM so that people w/out internet access can view the site
as they normally would by browsing the CD. Ideally, this CD can be
give as a leave-behind, so I don't want to have to worry about the
user's system configurations; just whether or not they have a CDROM
drive or not. Has anyone had any success w/ anything like this?
Perhaps using a different code method instead of SSI? Any
help/insights would be much appreciated!

The webpages on the CD will need to be 'flat', that is to say that there
can be no processing at all including SSI, unless you restrict the
content to those users with a javascript capability and I don't
recommend that at all.

I suggest you write a script to pull down generated pages off of your
live webserver, convert all 'internal' URIs to use relative paths
without specifying drive letters or mount paths etc., then save each
page to your machine plus all externally referenced objects such as
images and css files. If you get it right you'll create a static mirror
of your website that you can burn to CD. Instead of having to maintain 2
different formats of website you maintain one and write a tool to create
the other automagically, it's tricky in the short-term but pays off in
the long-term.

Alternatively there may be freeware or commercial tools that will do
exactly what you need, but I've never used one and wouldn't know what to
recommend.
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Andrew Urquhart
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Jul 20 '05 #2

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jp********@hotmail.com (JR) wrote in
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Hello - I'm definitely in need of a bit of expertise. I'm trying to
take a website that uses Server Side Include (SSI) code and put it
onto a CD ROM so that people w/out internet access can view the site
as they normally would by browsing the CD. Ideally, this CD can be
give as a leave-behind, so I don't want to have to worry about the
user's system configurations; just whether or not they have a CDROM
drive or not. Has anyone had any success w/ anything like this?
Perhaps using a different code method instead of SSI? Any
help/insights would be much appreciated!

Thanks!

JR


You could use software such as HTTrack to copy your website
to your hard drive, then copy that to the CDROM:
http://www.httrack.com/

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Dave Patton
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Jul 20 '05 #3

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