Subject: [tt-inc] CD Copies of Troubled Times Web Site Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2003 21:58:23 -0000 From: Nancy To: email@example.com The nonprofit Board met Sunday Oct 19th and approved exploration of a proposal Mike Lob made, to create CD's of the Troubled Times web site content. This is public domain now, perhaps 100 MB of text pages and graphics, heavily devoted to survival of a cataclysm and aftertime living. I have been nominated to explore this with the tt-forum (as consultants) and tt-inc membership, as to HOW this might proceed. The web site is, today, available for any member of the public to download, into their C: drive or onto a CD, using web whacker software or piecemeal, but the plan would be to offer a ready-made CD to the public, at cost. The website is very amenable to be copies and run, stand-alone as all references to content in different directories is done by relative referencing. No external links required to go to other pages or content areas. The website of Troubled Times is probably about 100 MB in size, particularly if large chunks of data dealing with earth change gossip and statistics and photos are excluded, as they should be for this purpose. 1. Given that hypertext is the format the content is already in, and converting to another format would be very labor intensive and likely not be done in a timely manner, are there problems with the hypertext format, or other formats that are a better choice? 2. Would loading the Troubled Times web site, in hypertext format, onto a CD, with a home page to be pulled up by a brower, work, if the links internally are by relative reference not going outside of the CD base? This works in my PC when I am offline, using an old browser, so I think the answer to this is yes. 3. External links, of which we have thousands, would bring up a 404 if the CD were used as a standalone, but could be stubbed so the call out was not even attempted, or the pages left as is so that the CD used while online could access these external sites. 4. Blank CD's can be purchased in bulk, CD duplicating services hired, presumably. Does anyone have experience with this, stories to share, or facilities recommended? Is there a particular density of CD that is optimal? What are the packaging considerations?