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MMD Archives on CD-ROM
By Larry Smith

Jacques Thijs wrote, "I would buy one too if I could read it on
a Macintosh computer", and Jody remarked:

>[ If we do make a CD, we will make it work on Mac OS, Windows,
>[ Linux, and at least a couple of flavors of BSD (a popular UNIX
>[ clone developed at U.C. Berkeley).  -- Jody

It isn't hard to do, provided you stick to cross-platform standards.
Fortunately, as a web publication, MMD is already cross-platform, we
need only avoid any dumb move that would lock in Windows.  Many places
_have_ made such errors by farming the work out to contractors with no
cross-platform experience -- but I expect Jody will not make such a

(Although "UNIX" is now a trademark and is owned and awarded by a
corporation, BSD is one of the defining products of Unix's early
history, and as such, has the moral, if not strictly legal, right to
_be_ called "UNIX", not a "clone", even though none of the AT&T code
is left in it.)


Larry Smith

 [ The structure is sure to be HTML so that any web browser can
 [ display the data just the same as on-line.  HTML also solves the
 [ problem of displaying foreign characters at any computer.  As
 [ Craig Brougher admonishes, we shall "test, test, and test some more!"
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Sun 9 Apr 2000, 02:39:56 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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