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Re: HTML HOWTOs and Re: CD edition
> On Apr 30, 11:03pm, David Lawyer wrote:
> > Subject: HTML HOWTOs and Re: CD edition
> > What I think needs doing is generating single file html howtos. These
> > would replace the existing tarred and gziped HTML files available for
> > downloading. The HOWTOs for reading online would remain spilt to save
> > bandwidth for people who only read a small part of the HOWTO online.
On Mon, May 01, 2000 at 02:06:44PM -0400, Greg Ferguson wrote:
> Can anyone think of why we need the sep. HTML files
> distributed in their own unique tar'ed/gzip'ed packages?
There are many sites that take our HTML HOWTOs and directly put them
on the Internet. They are not mirror sites and the collection is
usually out-of-date (in some cases a few years out-of-date). Some of
them have some sort of advertising (or links to advertising). Many of
these sites may do more harm than good especially since people get
Not having multi-chunk HTML HOWTOs readily available will make it a
little more difficult for them, but they can always get the sgml
package of all the HOWTOs and convert them to multi-chunk HTML HOWTOs.
What may happen is that some of these sites may not bother with this
but just have people browse the single-file HTML HOWTOs online,
neglecting to save bandwidth by splitting.
There are perhaps a hundred or so such sites, many of which are obviously
not being maintained. One task would be to visit these sites and
invite them to become mirror sites. I think that most of these sites will
not even respond, but perhaps we could get a few more mirror sites that
way. I may look into this some more.
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