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I've been faithfully trying to sort this out on my own, but maybe this is the question i need to ask, instead of programming tidbits...so here it is:

I've made a database that holds graphics and text. It took a while to make, but I'm quite happy with the results. Now I want to take it to the web, I thought, in a dynamic fasion. So I tried instant web publishing. MSIE was great, but other browser just choked on it. Then I read the folks at FM got the same result, and don't care to support netscape. I figure that forcing my audience into MSIE isn't an option so I tried a little script in XML. Same result. Now I'm digging into this php business, hoping for the answer but I am not making much headway. Originally I thought ODBC would be the simple answer, in that I could generate a static page, and regenrate it say daily or something...but filemaker5.5 refused to export a graphic..which is why i've been on the hunt for a manageable alternative. I didn't think what I wanted to do would be quite so difficult. Now I have a confusing collection of files, and test files, none of which seem eager to fit the bill. Could someone please comment or advise me on a path to take other than the delete button, I"m getting very discouraged. I thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Bit.

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Your most likely problem is the "Instant Web Publishing". Your solution may require custom written web pages to display properly. This basically entails building a web page and embedding the CDML/XML (for FMP WebCompanion) or LDML (for Lasso) tags into the page to show the data from Filemaker.

In my forays into web publishing, I found the CDML/LDML language pretty easy to use (XML is still a mystery to me), but my web page skills suck.

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Re:"I've made a database that holds graphics and text. It took a while to make, but I'm quite happy with the results. Now I want to take it to the web,"

Alas, serving graphics to the www via FileMaker, while possible, is a waste of the FileMaker resource and a potential drag on the functionality of the site. You will be better off storing the graphics in a folder and linking to them from FileMaker. And you will want to use CWP at the minimum, which is just CDML embedded into HTML.

I do believe there is a solution or two in the Sample Files forum which display images to the web.

Bon chance.

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