Hi friends - I was just about to relaunch my revamped non-profit site when the free software we recommend to our clients was recoded to deliberately corrupt our files on loading and prevent them from working. Since we work in the area of health, and the Chinese authors see us as unwanted competition in their bid for global control of our area of expertise, we had to quickly devise a way to get our work into their new software.
This involved recruiting a task-force of users to make two interface screenshots and a copy-and-paste text file for each of our 1,750 files. This is now underway. Here’s the plan:
We build an alphabetized list of 1,750 files - click on an A-Z letter to display a list of files that begin with it, or enter an illness or pathogen name into a search field to display all related files.
Clicking a file name opens a window or new page which displays the two screenshots one at a time as Facebook does with an image series - plus a scrollable text window that can be copied and pasted from.
Users then open the compromised software and manually enter our screenshot settings into it, plus paste the text info, then save their newly built file. So no file import ever takes place, and the authors cannot prevent users from building their own files since this is a major purpose of the application.
We’re having our own software written currently which will be streets ahead of the Chinese stuff, but we need to support ill people in the meantime, and to send a message to the authors that westerners are not as dumb or as helpless as they apparently believe.
So, is what we propose possible? I’ve used Foundation for the site, but I also have Foundry. I imagine that some server database wrangling may be involved, and our technical admin can handle that. But he’s not familiar with RW, or even Mac.
Your comments will be much appreciated.