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Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:44 am

you may do it using PHP, MySQL and Flash from Macromedia.com
.pdf? for what? it's good if you wish what user may save document localy, or the publisher use firstly .pdf
you have a dozen variants......
or it's Java, but i'm not sure......
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Tue Aug 12, 2003 7:08 am

Since I can't actually see it in action, I can't say for sure, but I seriously doubt that they're "parsing PDFs". There's no reason to do that, at least not in realtime, because an online version of a print newspaper would only change as often as the print paper itself. That is, never. Well, until the next issue comes out, at least. Considering the purported zooming effects and all, it's likely just a Flash MX page. I'd guess that all they do is export (from their printing program, Quark or whatever) each issue's layout and articles to a Flash-readable format (which is trivial), then import them into Flash MX and add all of the nifty features there. It's probably about a day's work or so for each issue, depending on how many people they have working on it. I rather doubt there's anything more complex about what they do -- nothing dynamic and there's probably very little automation going on.
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Wed Aug 13, 2003 6:42 am

Quark??? For what?
XML!
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Wed Aug 13, 2003 7:01 am

WiZARD wrote:Quark??? For what?
XML!


I'm not talking about what they should use, I'm talking about what they probably use, and there's a 95% chance that they use Quark for the layout of their paper newspaper, because Quark is the de facto standard layout tool of the publishing industry. Just because they should be using a modern tool like XML doesn't mean they are, and in fact, they probably aren't. Since the online version of the newspaper is supposedly just an "enhanced" version of the paper version (e.g. same articles, photos, and layout with some fancy extras), they're probably working from the same source for the web version, e.g. Quark. Got it?
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Wed Aug 13, 2003 7:25 am

swirlee wrote:
WiZARD wrote:Quark??? For what?
XML!


I'm not talking about what they should use, I'm talking about what they probably use, and there's a 95% chance that they use Quark for the layout of their paper newspaper, because Quark is the de facto standard layout tool of the publishing industry. Just because they should be using a modern tool like XML doesn't mean they are, and in fact, they probably aren't. Since the online version of the newspaper is supposedly just an "enhanced" version of the paper version (e.g. same articles, photos, and layout with some fancy extras), they're probably working from the same source for the web version, e.g. Quark. Got it?

understand but i'm not sure what Quark is good idea to use for publishing news..... I'll be use somthing like Adobe PageMaker
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Wed Aug 13, 2003 9:34 am

php|arch uses a similar approach - a linked pdf file that is password protected. You can download last Jans issue and see for yourself.
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