[REBOL] What should we bake? Re:(4)
From: gmassar:dreamsoft at: 23-Sep-2000 11:29
> A really good environment would be standards-based, so you could use
> any handy browser or email client, or enjoy the enhanced benefits of
> using a unified, properietary (a la /VIEW). Of course to remain
> competitive, Palm synchronization will be an absolute requirement.
Ahh! Now someone mentioned Palm synchronization.
The main reason why I came into this ml is to learn REBOL and
then implement DOC compression/decompression alogrithm widely
popular among Palm users if REBOL is a good candidate. See
http://www.memoware.com to get an idea how DOC-formatted
documents were applied. This site is one of the largest library
housing PD documents in DOC format. Those documents can be
easily downloaded for Palm users to read/view. Most of them were
compressed by DOC compression algorithm before downloading. In
the Palm PDA, the reader/viewer apps then decompressed and
displayed the documents to read/view. Very large documents can
be synchronized easily into the PDA, eg, the whole set of
infamous Starr Reports can be loaded into PDA with just 2MB and
there is more room for other apps.
What I am aiming to accomplish is to implement the decompression
in REBOL and via CGI, the documents in DOC format can be easily
viewed with a Web browser before synchronizing. If any user
wants to read the documents offline, he/she could download the
wanted documents into his/her PDA to read later.
The alogrithm was invented and written in C by Pat Berne (sp?)
who is (or was) the CTO of Corel. The code is now in public
domain. In order to use the alogrithm,I need to convert the code
by hand into Pascal for my desktop Windows app, namely BigDOC.
It is a specialized text editor with the compression code and
Palm synchronization. See it at http://Visionary2000.com/BigDOC
if you like.
Since I am not ready for REBOL, would anybody be interested in
converting the code into REBOL. If so, just ask for the code in
either C, Pascal or Java. I have all of them on hand. The code
in REBOL will remain in public, of course.