Piotr Naskrecki pin93001 at UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU
Thu Mar 23 19:32:28 CST 2000

on 3/23/00 5:39 PM, John Shuey at jshuey at TNC.ORG wrote:

> I too would like to see more on this thread, but with a twist.  I'm wondering
> if anyone has experience with software that could create a webpage-like
> environment on a CD disk.  I'm contemplating a faunal review of Belize
>butterflies, and
> would like to publish it on CD.  I'd like essentially have it work like a
> complex web site, but without the wait.  For example, click on a species name
> and get a digital image to pull up  -- or from the text, search the database
> for
> records based on user defined criteria.

Doing HTML-based CD's is possible and easy. The beauty of it is that it is
cross-platform, doesn't require any proprietary software, and gives you a
lot of freedom in the graphical design. I have prepared such an HTML-based
CD ROM which accompanies my monograph of Costa Rican katydids (for those who
are interested, here is the URL: The thing that should be kept
in mind is that absolutely all internal links should be thoroughly tested
(nothing more embarrassing than having a dead link on your CD), and the
entire "site" should be contained in one folder/directory (which can have
multiple subfolders). It is also important to use the DOS eight+three naming
convention for all files and directories to ensure full compatibility with
older PC systems.

Piotr Naskrecki
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut, Storrs CT 06269, USA

e-mail: pin93001 at

An Illustrated Catalog of Orthoptera ( - a
database of the Orthoptera of the World on a CD ROM

Orthoptera Species File Online ( - a
database of the Orthoptera of the World Online

Katydids of La Selva Biological Station Costa Rica

Taxonomy and Collection Manager software

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