Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SAMAA files on Google Docs and Windows XP

In 2007 there was some concern over the cost of disk usage on the SAMAA web site.
I decided to hold any new documents on Google Docs in order to keep disk usage on the site down.
There are several hundred SAMAA docs there now. Some are of current interest, some may be out of date.
This process has worked well up to now.
However, Johan Ehlers recently found that he was unable to read anything on Google Docs using Internet Explorer version 8.
Internet Explorer version 8 is the Microsoft browser used by Windows XP.
It turns out that Google Docs will no longer operate with Internet Explorer version 8. Here's a link to more information:
As far as I can tell about one third of SAMAA members still use Windows XP with Internet Explorer version 8. So this is not a trivial problem.
In future I shall place new SAMAA documents on the SAMAA web site, we shall have to deal with the cost of extra space if it arises. But this still leaves the difficulty with existing documents on Google Docs.
There is a short term solution, It may not be ideal but it will work.
Users of Windows XP may download the Google Chrome browser, (or any other one compatible with Google Docs) and use this to read the SAMAA files.
It is possible to go through all the old docs on Google, move them to the SAMAA site and update all the links. This will involve a major amount of PT -- tens if not hundreds of hours.
I should be most reluctant to do this.
A possible compromise might be to move a few of the most important items in this way.
Ingenious ideas welcome.

No comments:

Blog Archive

Total Pageviews


Web site terms and conditions

Copyright of material on all the pages of this site is vested in the SAMAA or the original authors. You may use the material in terms of the Creative Commons license for non-commercial purposes on the condition that you acknowledge its origin.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License

The views expressed on this web site, or on any directly or indirectly linked site, are not necessarily those of the SAMAA Committee, or the web editor. The information provided on this site is provided for recreational purposes only. The SAMAA and the authors of presented content assume no liability whatsoever on the use of information contained in this site. The information on this site is provided on an "as-is" basis, without warrantee of any kind. Links provided on this site will let you leave the SAMAA web site. The linked sites are not under the control of the SAMAA, and the SAMAA is not responsible for the contents of any linked site, or any link contained within a linked site, or updates to such sites.