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Anyone know how to create a CD copy of a web site on a PC which will be readable by a Mac?  We have a client that we created a CD copy of their web site using Roxio Easy CD Creator 5.  The site works fine on a PC and is readable on their Mac but the hyperlinks and links to image files do not work.  Is this a problem with the file system and if so, how can we burn a CD which will work on the Mac?

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Its probably not a filesystem problem. It's a link problem. When you saved the website to the CD with whatever program, it probably replaced the links with local windows links "c:/whatever". Macs of course dont have C drives so the link is nonexistant. Make sure all the links in the site are relative ONLY to the root directory. rootdir/images/bar.gif for example, not c:/rootdir/images/bar.gif.
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I should say that its not your burner software that did this, its the program you used to download the website to your HD.
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Nope - links are all relative.  This was verified by viewing the source code of the files on the CD and by testing it on various PCs which did not have the local files.
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Do the names of any of the files or directories contain ":" or exceed 32 characters? Under OS X this isnt a problem but OS 9 had a 32 char limit.
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Nope
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It's got to be one of the above. Those are the only things that would cause the symptoms you described. Probably one little character somewhere that's throwing the whole thing off.
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OK, that could possibly be the case for one or two links, but all of them? and image files?  What about the extensions of .html (not 8.3 format)? Are you saying that if another is burned using ISO 9660 convention that there should be no problem?
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the 8.3 format is irrelevant for Mac users. We dont use it, never have. What im thinking is that the links are using a convention that bolloxed things up. Sometimes I find that links that use ../dir/dir/page.html dont work locally but do work remotely. Or perhaps you have an illegal character in your image directory that is affecting all the images. It could be any of those sorts of things.
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K - sorry to be ignorant of Macs but what are illegal characters for the file names?
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K - sorry to be ignorant of Macs but what are illegal characters for the file names?
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For 0S 9 and previous names cannot contain : or begin with . because : is the equivalent of / for windows and unix. Names that begin with "." belong to important subsystem files. For OS X the naming conventions are the same as Unix. No /s in names for the same reason you cant include : in OS 9.
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None of the above are included in file and/or folder names.  Are spaces invalid also?
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No, spaces are fine though sometimes HTML itself doesnt like spaces. That could be your problem.
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OK, thanks for the help.  I'm just going to go through the files for illegal names, etc. and burn another disk.  Hopefully they'll be able to use this one.  BTW, I just heard from the client and the disk works fine on their PC, just not on the Mac.
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As i said earlier, its probably due to a naming convention difference between the two or a link that uses windows only directories.
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Sorry about the delay awarding the points Weed, just heard from the client that the new CD works fine on both platforms.  Thanks for the advice!
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