Re: Document Databases & Intranets (#601741)

Subject: Re: Document Databases & Intranets (#601741)
From: wburns -at- MICRON -dot- COM
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 12:45:07 MST

21-JAN-1997 12:07:52.76
>From: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subj: Document Databases & Intranets
>Dear Techwizards,
>I searched the archives for information on document databases as they
>relate to intranets (as in storing documents in a database, allowing users
>to specify what they are looking for, and returning dynamic HTML documents
>suitable for viewing or printing through a browser.)
>When this discussion surfaced last summer, it seemed that there were
>tools/technologies/methodologies available, but no one had much experience
>with them - although a few people were exploring the idea.
>Does anyone have any new insights to report? (1st hand experience

Well, it depends on what you mean by "dynamic." If you mean having a flatfile
with links that can call other documents, then we're doing that. If you mean
compiling documents from a database on the fly, I'm working on it. IBM's DB2 can
do this. Check out for more details.

We've been publishing documents on our intranet from Saros Mezzanine for quite
some time. I'm working on a way to run a query to find document elements and
copy those elements into a single file, and publish them on the web (and I've
heard that it can be done with VB and a few macros). A quick VB frontend (got
the first form done), some ActiveX controls, and I may be rolling (but I'm not
holding my breath--ActiveX has a way to go).

Calling documents from a database and delivering them to the web is the easy
part. Compiling document elements into a single file and displaying them is a
bit trickier, but it can be done ('specially if you got one o' them there SGML
O-O databases). Developing a workflow system for approvals and notifications can
be a real headache (if you need those features).

Feel free to contact me for more details.

Bill Burns
Assembly Documentation Supervisor
wburns -at- micron -dot- com
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