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Urgent: export html site from lotus notes database

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I'm new to notes, but have web app development experiece. I need to convert a site was built on notes to other platform. pages are mostly static. my question is how can I export those pages in html format to file system? I use designer 5, I can upgrade to 6 if it is a must.
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Go to e.g. www.download.com, and search for "OFFLINE BROWSE". You'll find programs that download entire sites (with/without filters), save them locally, translating any URL's found to something usefull/available offline.
After downloading / installing, make it connect to your notes database and let it do its job.
Do note that in your new application you may encounter side-effects like the unability to create new documents....!
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thanks for your comment, but this won't work. because the notes pages contains a lot of fragments, which are linked from other server.
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???
Often you can restrict the process to the single host, or allow it to trace a number of levels deep into other hosts.
You're taking a "mirror image" of the database as seen from the web aren't you.... the way it's shown in your browser should be translated to an html file with links to local files!
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actually it is not just a single self contained site. the notes database contains muitlple entry points, they may or may not inter-connected. for example, it contains an image used by a page in another web server. mirror tools like webcopier can never get this image.

in fact, it is closely coupled with pages in an IIS server which provides dynamic content.
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Not sure.... if it's mentioned in the (html) code (perhaps asp too), it can be grabbed! If not by webcopier, then perhaps by another tool. Not sure what software I used once.... worked excellent! I'll see if I still have it somewhere (not sure... it was a trial, and my PC has crashed since -due to other software by the way-)
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I guess it might not feasible, because the notes server and IIS server are very closely coupled by earlier development team. the IIS side contains all the dynamic pages that you can only reach them by clicking various buttons on the page. and the result html page vary depend on the data you supply to it. the link to notes pages and images are also dynamically construct. Actually, I have already tried site mirror tools like webcopier before I post this question.

hmm, kind of pain!
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You call that "kind of pain"...?
What's behind it? Some relational db?
Sounds like you'd have to rewrite everything before you can actually export it to html. Or write a tool to fire any valid set of parameters onto IIS and capture whatever comes out....
Is there a way to tackle this without Notes? I'm afraid there's nothing much I can do to help you...
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The app is working fine, there is nothing to change in IIS side. my client just want to take notes server offline. My job is to move everything related to the app out of notes server, and as I said, notes side are mostly static. If notes have such a tool to export everything, then it's a simple job. so we'll not allocate resource for it.

If not, I know there is always a way around it. The worst case is cut off the connection and ask somebody to find out all broken links from IIS side. or as you said write a tool, but "any valid set of parameters" is easy to say, difficult to do. We'll have to justify the cose.

So, my question is about if such a tool exists, but it seems not.

Anyway, I appreciate your help.

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I meant, We'll have to justify the cosT :)
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or maybe I'm on wrong forum?
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