The FOTOHTML program was written to prepare one of more HTML format files to display photos or other images with a Web browser. The captions from the files are taken from a plain text file. Suppose this is called source.txt. Here "source" is the root of the file names we will create. "source" can also be the parameter to the program, which avoids a dialog with the user to ask for this information.
source.htm is created as the first file in a set that display the photo images in a Web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer or Opera. The program uses a limit of (currently) 10 photo images then creates a new HTML page. These page files are numbered sequentially e.g., source1.htm, source2.htm, ...,source10.htm, .... and have a "next" button. The program originally created one large HTML file, but this can be very slow to load and can overburden computer memory handling.
The program scales the photo images so each one will fit nicely on the display screen. (We assume an 800*600 resolution. Note that the scaling could be altered in the source code.)
Use of the program in 1999 quickly showed that the main difficulty
automating the production of the HTML file(s) was missing or wrong file
names in either the captions or the working directory. Thus we very
added checking for the absence of files. Such errors are reported in
file MISSING.TXT. We believe this is a major advantage of FOTOHTML.
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The Gnu General Public Licence is described in the file COPYING that is appended as a commentary at the end of this file. Note that the program will compile under the Free Pascal Compiler, which is itself a GPL package. At the time of writing, this compiler was downloadable from the Internet from a number of sites. Search for "Free Pascal Compiler". The program also compiles under the Inprise/Borland Turbo Pascal 6.0 compiler for MS-DOS, generating a much more compact executable. (It is a 16-bit code, while FPC generates a 32-bit executable.)
Please report any suspected violations of the GPL relevant to this program to the author,
1) This program is designed only to handle SHORT file names in the
8.3 format, so it is a good idea to use a SHORT (e.g., 5
or 6 character) filename root if you will have many HTML files. This is helpful if the output is to be put on an ISO 9660 standard CD readable in most systems. However, a long-filename version of this program would probably suit more people. The author welcomes collaboration on developing such a version.
2) The program has been developed in an MS-DOS environment and runs
as a command-line program. Collaborations welcome for building a
version. (NOTE: "windowed" not "Windows" or "Windoze".) Note that it
has been compiled and run under the Free Pascal Compiler under Linux.
3) The input file assumes whatever line-ending conventions of the current system. This MAY cause difficulties if the input text file comes from a different platform. That is, the MS-DOS text files end with [cr][lf] sequence, Unix/Linux with [lf] and Macintosh with [cr]. (I welcome a better description, as this is certainly not a complete exposition. Again, if someone is willing to help put in place an input filter, do get in touch.)
4) On MS-DOS and Macintosh systems the case of file names is NOT important, but on Unix/Linux systems, case is a very serious matter. Make sure on such systems that the names in your source.txt file match the names of the files. We suggest using all lowercase or all uppercase names as a precaution. Note that FOTOHTML converts all names to upper case before working with them.
5) The program may complain about read-only image files.
6) Turbo Pascal only handles lines <254 characters long. We recommend keeping your caption lines <80 characters for easy editing. Note that the HTML will wrap the lines anyway. If you need to force spacing, include <BR> or other HTML codes in your caption.
7) We have NOT included colour or other material in the HTML.
This would be easy to do, but tastes differ.
File MISSING.TXT is created if any names in the source.txt file are NOT in the working (current) directory, or if there are image files *.bmp, *.gif, *.jpg in that directory NOT listed in source.txt.
Program initially written in Turbo Pascal 5.0 by John C. Nash
Revised to put 10 photos per html page, March 2001. Also adjusted to run under the Free Pascal Compiler, with some
other minor improvements.
Copyright (C) John C. Nash 1999, 2001
Permission granted for use of this program without charge under
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the author in any report, publication, software or other record
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Appendix: How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs
If you develop a new program, and you want it to be of the greatest
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free software which everyone can redistribute and change under these terms.
To do so, attach the following notices to the program. It is safest
to attach them to the start of each source file to most effectively
convey the exclusion of warranty; and each file should have at least
the "copyright" line and a pointer to where the full notice is found.
<one line to give the program's name and a brief idea of what it does.>
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This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
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