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  • # April 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Hi Guys
    Not up to speed with most of you but I would appreciate some help! The actual site is to be a chronology which includes large text files and images. I don’t want a timeline so to speak.
    How would I go about making a website that shows large text files.. I have thought of XML and web storage. Can anybody give me some advice on how to achieve a page thats not going to take forever to load.

    # April 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

    You have to define your terms.

    How large in kb?

    Is formatting important?

    Etc.

    # April 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Hi Yes formatting will be important. The text files I have range from 1mb to 3mb

    Bern

    # April 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

    That’s a heck of a lot considering that the average e-book is less than 2mb.

    # April 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

    When you say “text file,” do you actually mean “text”? You say formatting is important, which leads me to suspect your files may be rich text or other document formats (like .doc, etc.).

    # April 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    yes they are doc files have now checked sizes they are 200kb range to 600kb 7 files

    # April 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I was sure some helpful guy on this website could help!

    Bern

    # April 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Sorry, do you actually want to *display* the DOC on the page? That’s a totally different story.

    If you just want the user to download the files, simply providing a link to the file on your server will not cause any additional load time.

    # April 20, 2013 at 3:42 am

    How large are the text files in total and the images in total?

    # April 20, 2013 at 7:04 am

    To make it more simpler – 1 page bringing in (or whatever is the quickest way) 1 text file with images (size 597kb)
    I can follow suit with other pages if I can work out the best way to do it.
    I would like to make this chronology as future proof as I can (for historians)

    Thanks in advance
    Bern

    # April 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Why wouldn’t you convert the files to html?

    you’re making it very difficult for us to help, not fully understanding what you have and what you want to accomplish…

    # April 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Converting the files to html still gives me a large file size, but is that the only way to do it?
    I want to build a Chronology website that should hopeful be future proof if possible.

    I have quite large text files, so just formatting the text into a page renders it very heavy (over 1mb)
    What I want to know is the best way to keep this file size down for quick loading. Would it be best to xml the text files or what would be the best way?

    Bern

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