[thelist] Need help : HTML from PC > Mac

Liz Lawson lizlawson at charitycards.co.uk
Thu Jul 20 09:54:51 CDT 2000

You need to burn the disc to ISO9660 (see below). Basically if the filenames
are 8chars+3char extension the mac translation won't mangle them.

Not that that's any help to you now...

It's not a cd thing, Macs will do that truncating thing to any pc files with
long filenames (floppies and zips as well), so I don't think there is a way
round it...unless you cut a disc which is not the same data readable by
both, but dual fomat: a mac bit and a PC bit...I think that can be done but
I'm not sure.

If you have to change all your filenames, try to do it in Dreamweaver...if
you change the filenames in DW's site manager, it will find and replace all
the links with the new filenames (phew!). Can't guarantee it'll catch links
used in forms, javascript etc, so you'll need a good check as well.


~~~~~~~~~~~~ from the help file on my cd burning software ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ISO 9660 is a data format, introduced in 1984 by the International Standards
Organization. Since then it has succeeded in becoming a widely accepted
cross-platform standard, and the most important CD data format for
DOS/Windows® PCs. ISO 9660 is the "lowest common denominator", and therefore
has even more restrictions than the file system commonly found with
DOS/Windows-based PCs. Filenames are not only limited to "8.3", but can also
only contain the upper-case letters ‘A’ through ‘Z’, the numerals ‘0’
through ‘9’, and the underscore character ‘_’. Special characters like ‘$’
or ‘ ’ are not allowed. Filenames without an extension must still have a

Directory names have a maximum length of 8 characters and cannot have an
The directory cannot be more than 8 levels deep.
It is important to know that the file system on the harddisk of a PC-based
computer differs from this file system, which is the most used system for
CD-ROM. The differences are as follows:
Many CDs produced today do not comply with the ISO 9660 standard, e.g. it
has become quite common to allow for directories with more than 8 levels.
Many CDs also contain non-ISO characters like ‘$’ and ‘-’. Creating ISO
CD-Rs with non-ISO characters may cause the CDs to behave strangely, and
files and directories might not be opened.

Note: If the CD is for use on multiple platforms (e.g., Macintosh, UNIX) it
is advisable to respect the ISO 9660 standard for the ISO part of the CD.

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