RE: Multi-OS CD Burning Software

Subject: RE: Multi-OS CD Burning Software
From: "Spreadbury, David" <david -dot- spreadbury -at- tellabs -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 15:26:41 -0500

I mentioned the use of an ISO image because the original request stated
PDFs and executable bits-n-pieces (I think that was the actual wording).

True, if all you are putting on the CD is PDF or HTML, just burn it
direct. If you are putting Unix or Mac executables on the CD, it becomes
a totally different issue. Now you need something that is cross-platform
compatible. ISO9660 with Rockridge takes care of this. Makeiso support
both, as well as Joiet extensions and other platform specific options.

You PS is very true. When putting text files on a CD, if you save
everything in a Unix format, you can read it most anywhere without

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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-195991 -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Lou
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: Multi-OS CD Burning Software

Spreadbury, David wrote:
> The Windows port of MakeISO, a UNIX-based utility that has been around

> for a very long time, and it is free.

May not even need it. Windows or anything else is capable of burning
files and directories to CD/DVD without special tools.

The prior use of HY-CD may be clouding the issue. Ditch it.

The question of whether you want certain automatic behaviors upon CD
mount is another matter.

The easiest cross-platform solution for giving users a starting point is
to include HTML-based docs, with a top-level file maybe named
`readme.html`. Everybody's got a browser, and most can figure out

To make special accommodation for Windows users, it may be possible to
write an `autorun.inf` that would load `readme.html` in the system's
default browser upon CD mount. Other systems would ignore it.

>From `readme.html` you could have all manner of additional browser-based
docs, with fancy DHTML behaviors, etc.


ps. One thing: beware the dreaded BOM (byte-order mark) which some
Windows text-editors will embed in text files. Save everything
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