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    Question Does WebMerge do any Importing?
    Does WebMerge do any importing of data? Or is that done solely through a third party application like Microsoft Access?

    Also, can you recommend something besides Microsoft Access for the importing and manipulating of the datafeed?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyWebAffiliate
    Does WebMerge do any importing of data? Or is that done solely through a third party application like Microsoft Access?

    Also, can you recommend something besides Microsoft Access for the importing and manipulating of the datafeed?
    YES. I do all of my WM imports from Excel. I save the files from Excel into a text tab-delimited format, and then import/link that file from the WM settings file.

    Check out my (or Fred's Web-Procreate) tutorials for some examples. Figure on a couple of days to wrap your brain around WM (but it's worth it).

    FRANK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baertracks
    YES. I do all of my WM imports from Excel. I save the files from Excel into a text tab-delimited format, and then import/link that file from the WM settings file.

    Check out my (or Fred's Web-Procreate) tutorials for some examples. Figure on a couple of days to wrap your brain around WM (but it's worth it).

    FRANK
    And you sort and fix the feed all within Excel? With all the categories? Sounds time consuming.

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    Hi,

    Same question (I think Baertracks did not understand your question, johnnyWebAffiliate)

    Is there a way to tell WM to import (include) a block of text (never mind what it is - text, php, html...) in the generated detail pages?

    The way could be a WM tag as [WN-include][/WN-include] searching for a file whose name is an actual field name as it is used in [WM-Field: a_field_name nolink] in a directory whose name is given as a general parameter. The target file may or may not exist. If it exists, it is imported as a full part of the code of the page. May replace the SSI functionality on servers where SSI is not allowed.

    Syntax:
    with a short field name and a directory given as a general parameter such as bob_dylan [WN-include: a_field_name].html[/WN-include] or

    with a full field name and a directory given as a general parameter such as bob_dylan.html [WN-include: a_full_field_name][/WN-include] or

    with a full url name such as http://countrymusic.com/singers/bob_dylan.html [WN-include: a_full_url_name][/WN-include] or

    with a full local path name such as d:\dir\subdir\bob_dylan.html [WN-include: a_full_path_name][/WN-include]

    May be used, i.e., in a list of objects (books, movies, pans...) where a description is hand made (not given in the data feed from the manufacturer)

    In example, I actually have such lists (i.e. software) where descriptions are home made in separate files as components dynamically included by DreamWeaver or Golive but, if I want pages generated with WM to be skeletons in witch various components are included, there is no more dynamically imports components. The only way would be to upload such components and use SSI (Server Side Include) for the same result but time-consuming in tweaking the pages and cpu time-consuming server side.

    Cordially
    Last edited by Pierre (aka Terdef); September 27th, 2006 at 09:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyWebAffiliate
    And you sort and fix the feed all within Excel? With all the categories? Sounds time consuming.
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    I have a site. I've own and have used WebMerge. I have it because I thought the multiple pages would help SEO. Have no idea if it does or not. I ask about the importation of data because my Microsoft Access has died. Since the time of the OP I have found several different avenues. One, found another copy of Microsoft Access, Two, use DTS in SQL Server Express, Three, use C# and roll my own importer. I'll probably go with Access just because it's quicker. I may even use VBA to generate the HTML pages and bypass WebMerge altogether. I haven't decided. I don't even know if I want a bunch of HTML pages anymore. I may just do some URL rewriting and keep everything dynamic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre (aka Terdef)
    Hi,

    Same question (I think Baertracks did not understand your question, johnnyWebAffiliate)

    Is there a way to tell WM to import (include) a block of text (never mind what it is - text, php, html...) in the generated detail pages?

    The way could be a WM tag as [WN-include][/WN-include] searching for a file whose name is an actual field name as it is used in [WM-Field: a_field_name nolink] in a directory whose name is given as a general parameter. The target file may or may not exist. If it exists, it is imported as a full part of the code of the page. May replace the SSI functionality on servers where SSI is not allowed.

    Syntax:
    with a short field name and a directory given as a general parameter such as bob_dylan [WN-include: a_field_name].html[/WN-include] or

    with a full field name and a directory given as a general parameter such as bob_dylan.html [WN-include: a_full_field_name][/WN-include] or

    with a full url name such as http://countrymusic.com/singers/bob_dylan.html [WN-include: a_full_url_name][/WN-include] or

    with a full local path name such as d:\dir\subdir\bob_dylan.html [WN-include: a_full_path_name][/WN-include]

    May be used, i.e., in a list of objects (books, movies, pans...) where a description is hand made (not given in the data feed from the manufacturer)

    In example, I actually have such lists (i.e. software) where descriptions are home made in separate files as components dynamically included by DreamWeaver or Golive but, if I want pages generated with WM to be skeletons in witch various components are included, there is no more dynamically imports components. The only way would be to upload such components and use SSI (Server Side Include) for the same result but time-consuming in tweaking the pages and cpu time-consuming server side.

    Cordially
    What I was talking about was importing the text from the datafeed itself. I was hoping I overlooked the obvious. Anyway, I think that would be the end all beat all feature, for the moment , data import. A query browser would also be good.

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    Hi,

    Does WebMerge do any importing of data?
    importing the text from the datafeed itself
    Yes it does. All what you use/manipulate with WM is text that will be use as links, URLs, or simply text depending of your template.

    In Excel 2000 and later, comments cells are unlimited in length.

    i.e. : Here is a 880 char long text in my datafeed about French Deep Windows Startup. This text is written in Html (4.01 strict) because it contains internal and external links (and we have & & & etc. ... that WM don't translate).

    Voir aussi TgAddServer. Ce composant s'assure que le logiciel est install&eacute; correctement (analogue &agrave; un assistant d'installation), ce qui est signal&eacute; par <a onclick="window.open(href); return false;" href="http://www.cox.com/info/policy.asp">Cox</a>. Consid&eacute;r&eacute; comme un espiogiciel <img src="startups_all_img/trad.gif" alt="spyware"> par <a onclick="window.open(href); return false;" href="http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist_t.htm">certains</a> car il a le pouvoir de r&eacute;cup&eacute;rer des informations sur l'utilisateur. Qu'il le fasse ou non d&eacute;pend du fournisseur d'acc&egrave;s. &quot;tgcmdprovidersbc&quot; est pour SBC Yahoo DSL. Un utilisateur de Toshiba signale des probl&egrave;mes avec la mise en hibernation sur son portable s'il est d&eacute;sactiv&eacute; - d'o&ugrave; la recommandation &quot;U&quot;
    @+

    Pierre

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    I'm not sure you understand what I am saying.

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    Hum...
    Sorry for my poor English
    I am French.
    Pierre

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