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Copyright © 1997, Jay Ligda.  All rights reserved.  Published by Humans in the Universe and Jay Ligda.

Tester

      This is a test page of Humans in the Universe.  The template was created with AOLPress and converted to a Word 7.0 document.  Merge fields were inserted where all of the variable data will be in each and every web page.  The variable data for each web page is stored in a Microsoft Access data base.  The information is then linked with the Microsoft Word template in the form of form letters.  I can create hundreds of web pages at the same time as long as the variable data is stored in the Microsoft Access data base.  I just have to cut the information from the form letters and paste it into an .HTM file with AOLPress (each form letter equals one web page).

      Now, this is a sample of what all of the pages will look like in Humans in the Universe.  Pretty nice an eye catching isn’t it?  Unfortunately, I am not able to store the data for the text in Microsoft Access and have it linked to the form letters.  While Microsoft Access can handle large chunks of text like that which will appear in Humans in the Universe, it for some reason doesn’t make the link into the form letters.  What I have to do, is store the information is separate Word files (for example this text was stored in a file called "tester.doc").  I then store the file name in the Microsoft Access database and link it to the form letters in the place where the test will be.  I then open up the file called "tester.doc" and cut ‘n paste the information into the web page where the word "tester.doc" appears. (Note that you cannot see the word "tester.doc" on this web page because I pasted this chunk of text, stored in the file "tester.doc," over it.)

      Now the text stored in the separate Word files cannot be just straight text.  It must be HTML coded all ready.  In other words, every place that I want a double space must have the special character "&nbsp;," every time I want to start a new paragraph, I must enter "<P>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ," every place that I want italics must have the tags "<I >& </I>" etc.  I must have the heading information in and all of the links in place.  In this way, when I cut and paste the information into a web page, it will be ready to go.  In completing Humans in the Universe my major task is in HTML coding all of my past writing.

      In the future I think it would be great if there was some software that would automatically HTML code my writing.  It would also be great if I could store the information in my Microsoft Access data base so that it will automatically link to the form letters that I create my mass web pages from.  Another major undertaking that would benefit Humans in the Universe greatly would be to have the links automatically created also.  This would require some major programming that is probably way out of my grasp.  It would involve storing subjects and links in a data base and having a customized program that would search the data base text files for such keywords and turn them into links.  This would only work if the data base was continuously link to the web site so changes in the data base would automatically occur in the web site too.  That dream is way off in the future.  For now, I’ll just use the tools and know how that I have now to launch Humans in the Universe by August 4th 1997.

by Jay Ligda

This work is a all or part of an original work first published/written for HNU DataBase, Jul. 1997.


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