- What is on the CD-ROM:
of documents and files comprising six keynote articles, 73 contributed
articles and posters and the e-mail discussions, which together constitute
the permanent record of the ECTOC conference held during June 12-July 7, 1995.
material was originally mounted at the following
World Wide Web location;
The articles in this collection comprise two principle types of
file; "HTML" (Hypertext-markup-language) documents which
normally end in the suffix .html or .htm, and graphical
images which end in the suffix .gif (and more rarely .jpg).
HTML documents are text files, and can in
principle be viewed using any text editor or word
processor. However, they also contain "markup"
instructions, which when passed to a special program called a
World-Wide Web client, result in a more sensible viewed
appearance. You are therefore strongly advised to use such
a client program to view all these documents.
A Note on Filenames: The Macintosh and Windows-95 Versions of
this CD-ROM contain the original document names, as also found on the
on-line version. These names have been shortened to the 8.3
format required for the Windows 3.1 version, and hence may bear little
resemblance to the original names.
- Computer Requirements: Either (a) a Macintosh with CD-ROM
drive, running MacOS 7.1 or
greater and fitted with 8 Mbyte of memory or (b) a Multimedia PC running
Windows 3.1 or Windows-95 and fitted with 8 Mbyte of memory. It is not essential to
have an active Internet connection to view the articles and posters. However,
many of the documents do have hyperlinks to supplemental sources of information which
will need such a connection.
- How to View the Material:
recommended viewer is Netscape, currently (January 1996)
available as version 2.0, although Version 1.1 can also be used. Netscape can also automatically
display all the graphical images on this CD-ROM.
Because of the cost of licensing a
stand-alone version of Netscape, which would add
signficantly to the cost of producing the conference in
this form, this World-Wide Web client is not included
on the CD-ROM.
Macintosh users: Perform the requested
action on "Double click to start". This is pre-configured to
start Netscape if it is present on your disk. If you are using
another client, then "drag-and-drop" index.htm
onto the icon of your chosen client. If such a client is
unavailable or if your computer has insufficient memory to run it, a product called
P.O. Box 150
Hanover, NH 03755-0150
included which can be used for viewing local files only. To use this;
- "Drag" the index.htm file visible on the left of open window
folder "onto" the icon labelled Viewer seen on the right.
- Navigate by clicking on the (normally red) hyperlinks.
- Hyperlinks which point to locations other than the CD-ROM
will not be activatable (this also applies to "imagemaps"; see below).
You need a full WWW client such as Netscape for this.
Warning: The folder entitled "keywords" contains a large number of small
files, and "double clicking" on this folder may "freeze" your computer for
Windows 3.1 users: You should acquire Netscape, Internet Explorer or similar
program. To ensure that all HTML documents automatically open into
Netscape, proceed as follows.
- Highlight INDEX.HTM or $START.HTM in the WIN31 directory of the CD-ROM
(e.g. drive D:\) from within File Manager.
- From the File menu, select Associate
- Select e.g. Netscape from the dialog list and close File Manager.
- Double click INDEX.HTM or $START.HTM to start your browsing.
- Navigate by clicking on the hyperlinks.
Windows 95 users: You should acquire Netscape, Internet Explorer or similar
program. If you have a Web Client installed on your hard disk,
all documents with the suffix .HTM or .HTML should automatically open into
the browser. To start,
- Find index.htm or $Double_click_to_start.htm in the WIN95 directory of the CD-ROM
(e.g. drive D:\) and perform the requested action.
If you are unable to acquire a copy of either Netscape or
any other good Client program (such as Mosaic,
MacWeb/WinWeb, etc etc) from any other source, please
contact Henry Rzepa at the following address for further
Dr H. S. Rzepa
Department of Chemistry
London, SW7 2AY.
Tel +44 171 594 5774. Fax +44 171 594 5804.
- Chemical Documents: There are also a smaller
number of more chemically oriented files on this archive,
including ones with suffixes such as "pdb", "tgf", and
"wrl", which need special programs to view them. Programs
which can perform such functions are included in a special
progs directory. These have
to be unpacked with special programs, also included on the
- Double click on StuffIt_Expander_3.5.2_Install. Stuffit-Expander will be
installed on your Hard Drive
- Thereafter, if you use e.g. Netscape to
acquire programs, these will be passed automatically to the
expander for further processing.
The archives found in the Progs directory are
"self-extracting" .EXE files which you simply have to run
to extract. Some of these programs are what is known as
"shareware". If you intend using them other than for
evaluation purposes, please follow any instructions
contained in the program archives.
As far as we are aware, the programs included on this CD-ROM
are virus-free. However, you are strongly advised to check all
programs that you might install on any local disk system for viruses.
- How to Browse This Collection:
If you view any
document with a World-Wide Web client such as Netscape,
words will been seen as either underlined and in a different
colour to the rest of the text, or if they are images to
have a coloured border. This is an indication that a
hyperlink exists to either a different region of the same
document, or to a different document on this archive, or
even to a document on a server on the Internet. To help you
navigate around using these hyperlinks, some hints are set
A number of documents
contain hyperlinks to various Internet resources, which
will similarly require "Internet connectivity". Most of
these documents are beyond our control, and you might find
that after a certain passage of time, the hyperlink might no longer
activate. If the new location of the document is known to us, we
will try to update it via the on-line version of ECTOC.
||We have tried to make one small "icon" common to most
of the documents in this collection. It appears as a tiny
image of the conference logo and
clicking on it should always return you to the main page.|
| Another icon which looks like a question mark relates to keyword searching
of the CD-ROM. After first identifying the first
letter of any keyword you wish to search for, you should go
to the appropriate index file and use the FIND
feature in the netscape (or other) client program toolbar.|
|If you wish to use the original on-line key-word feature, click here.
For this to work, you will have to have "Internet
connectivity" on your computer.
ImageMaps: Papers 01, 02, 41 and 71 contain "clickable maps". These are "resolved"
locally by a Web client
supporting "client-side" resolution such as Netscape 2.0,
otherwise by a program running on the ECTOC site if Internet connectivity is
available. If neither of these options is active, then alternative hyperlinks
to the clickable maps are also provided within these papers.
- Rotatable Molecules:
Quite a number of "3D" coordinates are included as part of the
conference. There is one for example associated with the logo at the
top of the main conference page. Try clicking on this to see what happens.
If you only get a screen full of numbers, check the following;
For ECHET96, we expect that it will be possible to rotate molecules directly
within the document window itself using a Java applet.
- You have RasMol or other molecule viewer installed on your computer.
- Your Browser (i.e. Netscape) has the correct MIME type set.
- The People Involved in the Production of the Conference and the CD-ROM:
Dr Henry S Rzepa (Editor in Chief)
Department of Chemistry,
London, SW7 2AY
Dr Jonathan M. Goodman,
Department of Chemistry,
University of Cambridge,
Department of Chemistry,
London, SW7 2AY
- The Next Conference in the ECTOC Series:
The next conference in this series will be known as ECHET96,
and will focus on trends in Heterocyclic chemistry. Preliminary
information on the conference is available here.
For up to date information, you must consult the on-line version.
The editors wish to extend particular thanks to our colleagues who
supported us in this endeavour and who undertook much of the burden of initial refereeing.
Most of all, we want to thank the chemical community who participated in the original conference,
and who helped to make this project a success.
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