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    Maintain Hyperlinks and Autoexec (Win 98/ O2K SR-1 Frontpage)

    I have built a navigation system for a large collection of PDF documents using Frontpage. There are a large number of hyperlinks involved. I intend on burning the collection to a CD for easier use and portability. I have no experience with Frontpage and am amazed I was able to get this far. My questions are, will burning the files and folders to a CD cause any problems with the hyperlinks that connect the pages and the multitude of pdf files? If so, how do I avoid that? Would it be better to "Publish" the web pages to the CD?

    As a special bonus, is there any way that the CD can be set-up to autoexec the default browser on any compatible system? (yes, I did make sure the option for mutual compatibility was checked when I designed the nagivation system)

    I am a simple science teacher that has become very proficient with many other aspects of Office and have now found the ease of Frontpage to open many more doors for me in the future. Your help is not only for me, but for my students now and in the future.

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    Re: Maintain Hyperlinks and Autoexec (Win 98/ O2K SR-1 Frontpage)

    Andrew, I think you should be ok doing what you propose. For safety sake I would have the pdfs in either the same folder or a sub folder as the html document so that the links are kept simple. SAving the html document to the cd should be ok and should set the links up ok, and copy the pdfs to the cd.

    Automatically running a cd is a matter of having a file called autorun.inf on the cd. In the file are the commands to start automatically. The problem that I see is calling the default browser. You could try starting with the html document and let the machine workout which browser to use but I have not tried anything other than an exe file in the command.

    The inf file looks like the attached, and can be edited in notepad. The open command is the key, the icon is just if you want an icon to show when looking at My Computer or Explorer. You might have to experiment, or a far wiser mind than mine might have something to add but try Open="name.htm"

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    Re: Maintain Hyperlinks and Autoexec (Win 98/ O2K SR-1 Frontpage)

    Thanks for the help and the good information regarding the hyperlinks. I tried what you suggested regarding the autorun file. I transferred a simple web page code to a floppy and created an autorun file using notebook in the manner you suggested. There was no response. I made the file extension .inf and then tried .ini; neither one worked.

    It would really be great if the html code would be able to automatically start, once the cd was placed in the drive. Are there any other suggestions out there? A cd with hundreds of pdf documents, using html as a navigation system, that could autorun once placed in the drive would be excellent.

    Thanks again Mike for your help so far.

    Andrew

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    Re: Maintain Hyperlinks and Autoexec (Win 98/ O2K SR-1 Frontpage)

    It's definitely .inf, but whether it works on anything but a cd, I'm not sure. I remember now that a couple of years ago I was trying to do something similar for some training courses, and wasn't able to achieve what you want. I then spoke to a Visual Basic expert who was able to build a new simple browser from scratch. It also had a little install program which we were able to call from the autorun file. Worked well, but I didn't go through with it in the end - reinventing the wheel - and all that! So if you know someone who is good with VB have a chat & create your own. My understanding from him was that it wasn't all that hard to create, and it was based on IE.
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    Re: Maintain Hyperlinks and Autoexec (Win 98/ O2K SR-1 Frontpage)

    Thanks, I guess it would be best for me to leave the autorun alone. I don't know anyone that is good with VB and don't think it would be worth the trouble to build a new simple browser. I'll just leave it up to the user to hit that beginning page to start the default browser. Thanks again for the response and help.

    Andrew

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