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    Before the flames fly, I've searched high and low for this! Is there a way to write/edit html documents and post them to a web server via ftp? I write a palm-based daily news column for our web channel (www.healthprolink.com/channel) and would love to be able to post these from my VPL. I have the VIsor modem but I just signed up for Omnisky too and the thought of posting these wirelessly from my local coffee bar....well,... it borders on exctasy!
    Is anyone doing this? What software do you use? (be specific, I need web addresses) What bugs have you encountered?
    Any help appreciated.

    Charles
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    Originally posted by cwestergard
    Before the flames fly, I've searched high and low for this! Is there a way to write/edit html documents and post them to a web server via ftp
    Hmmm... My solution would be to setup an alias on the box so that I could send email to it and have that update the web page directly.

    Hard to explain but it is easy to do depending on the platform the web server is on and how much access you have to it.

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    If you need to code the html on your VPL and post it from there, a possibilty is to use a doc editor like ZDoc or SmartDoc and then use LFtp to post them. LFtp has a pub command which allows you to post uncompressed doc files as regular text files (which most html docs are). Be warned, LFtp is kind of quirky but has its uses. Earlier versions of SmartDoc used to have ftp capabilities built-in but I believe they were removed when it was slimmed down. If you need to preview your handiwork, earlier non-proxied versions of Palmscape allowed you to view memos as web pages so you could get an approximation of what your page looked like. I'm not sure if any of those early Palmscape binaries are still available though.
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    I've been quite frustrated by the lack of FTP software for the PalmOS, too... it seems like such a basic thing, yet there are only a handful of programs that implement it, and each one has its own limitations. LFtp won't even upload .PDB files!

    The best FTP I've found is the one built into BackupBuddy, but that one doesn't give you a choice of the directory to put the file in; it dumps it to /BackupBuddy/PalmOS/card0/.

    Plus there's the problem of uploading a PDB file and using it as an HTML file on the server. If you know any PERL or PHP and have it enabled on your server, your best bet might be to write a quick script that would take the contents of an HTML form textbox, and just dump it into an HTML file on the server... that way you could create new articles rom any PalmOS browser.

    Of course, linking the new articles from an existing index page would be a little more complicated. This is a good argument for having a database driven site! Add articles via an HTML form and let the index pages worry about displaying the most recent additions to the DB.


    -Andy

    [Edited by Usonian on 01-28-2001 at 12:24 PM]
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    I'll second Usonian's comment. The most efficient way to get news up is to use some sort of server-side script to save the contents of a form. I work as a Web designer at a university in Texas, email me at vbq@myrealbox.com and I can help you set up some PHP.
    Tim
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    Originally posted by Usonian
    I've been quite frustrated by the lack of FTP software for the PalmOS, too... it seems like such a basic thing, yet there are only a handful of programs that implement it, and each one has its own limitations. LFtp won't even upload .PDB files!
    LFtp isn't as good as it could be, but in regards to its inability to upload .PDB files, it can! It will change the extension to .prc when uploading, but that doesn't affect the functionality of the file. I've successfully archived DB's over the net. Just be sure to use the name of the DB as it appears on your Visor without the .prc or .pdb extension.


    Originally posted by Usonian
    Plus there's the problem of uploading a PDB file and using it as an HTML file on the server.
    LFtp has the pub command which will upload uncompressed DOC files as regular text documents. You just need to name the DOC file something like index.html in order for it to appear on the server as index.html

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