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I have recently created a "Web Site" on CDROM (not posted on any www server).  The reason is: This CD manages a  database of photographs and graphic files, and needs to be viewed and referenced by coworkers who have no knowledge of how to deal with JPEG images or may not have Graphic Software on their computers.  This CD allows any user with a web browser to view these images.

My question is:  I need to incorporate CGI scripts for a search engine and form processing.  But all the information I can find about CGI scripting says that they are run by the web server!  I really don't have a server since my users will be accessing the HTML from the CD-Rom drive.  Will CGI scripts run from the CD-ROM?  Is there a simpler way?  Maybe I am way out in left field.  Can someone point me in the right direction?  

Thanks in advance for your help!
Greg
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by:mgfranz
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The problem is how are you going to run the perl.exe?  Try this, load the perl.exe to the cd with the .pm libs. I doubt it will work though...
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by:nettrom
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one odd shot off the hip:  since it's a CD-ROM the content is static, and therefore you can build an index and expose it to the browser through JavaScript, and then use that to search through it.

would require you to write a small search-application in JavaScript though, but it's an idea.
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by:GregC
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OK "nettrom", I will try  the JavaScript thing.  My problem is that I have not used JavaScript yet.  I guess I'm ready for the next step with this web building thing.  How should I proceed?  Do you have an example I can learn from?  

I have my database references in the form of a single spreadsheet.  How would I build an index for the browser?

Should I increase points?

PLease advise.
Thanks for the help.
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nettrom earned 200 total points
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I did a quick search and found a listing of search solutions over on scriptsearch.com.  Starting with one of those is probably a good idea.   I haven't got any experience with any of them so I cannot recommend anyone in particular.  URL is http://www.scriptsearch.com/pages/l4c3c45.shtml

If one of those solutions fit the bill it will probably define how the index should be built so the solution can search through it.
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by:GregC
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Thanks for the link.  I will try it out.
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