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The following items are either last minute additions to Minaret that all users may not already have or were contributed by Minaret users. If you have developed instructions, FAQ's (frequently asked questions), tips and techniques or Minaret forms or databases, please consider sharing them with other Minaret users via this forum. The last section of this page contains instructions for sending contributions to Minaret Corp. for inclusion on this page.

Generating HTML Documents
Eileen O'Brien, the Project Archivist at the Vermont Historical Society was kind enough to send in a pair of reports she had developed from material sent to her by Greg Collati at Bowdoin College. By outputting your records with these report forms, you can produce an impressive HTML document that describes your holdings. Check out the Vermont Historical Society's Manuscript Collection to see what these forms can do for you.

We changed the reports slightly to make them more generic and added directions and a number of support files to make it easy for you to customize the resulting HTML document. We also created a keyboard macro so you you can output an HTML document that describes your collections with the press of a button. To install this software:

1) Download the file "html.lzh" (9K) into the MIN180 directory of your computer.

2) At the MS-DOS prompt in the MIN180 directory type "lha e html" (without the quotes) and press ENTER. This will uncompress the contents of "html.lzh" into the MIN180 directory.

3) Use a text editor to read the file "html.txt" (under MS-DOS use "edit" and under Windows use "notepad".), which contains instructions for using and customizing the reports.

Making Contributions
If you have instructions, notes, tips, techniques or FAQ's (frequently asked questions) that other users might find helpful, save them as plain ASCII text file and e-mail them to us (

If you have a form you have developed for data entry or to produce a report, export the form or forms out of your database first:

1) Start Minaret so that no databases are opened automatically. Under Windows you can click on the "Minaret" icon we provided. Otherwise, from the MS-DOS prompt, use the "cd" command to change to the \MIN180 directory and type "minaret" and press ENTER (don't type the quotes).

2) Press F9 and select Database, Open. Type in the name of the database the form is in (i.e. "archives", "museum", "photo", etc.) and press ENTER.

3) Press F9 and select Group, Open. Type "form" (without the quotes) and press ENTER.

4) Press F9 and select Sort, Browse. Then press ENTER to get a list of all of the forms in this database.

5) Use the Page Up, Page Down and Cursor keys to highlight the form you want to export. Then press ENTER to read in the form.

6) Press F9 and select I/O, ASCII, Export, Record. Answer Yes to local fields and choose a file name for the exported form (give the file a ".txt" file name extension). If the file name you choose already exists, choose Replace.

Repeat steps 4 through 6 for each form you want to export. Use a different file name for each one. When you are done exporting, exit from Minaret (F9, Bye, Yes).

Many e-mail programs allow you to attach files to your e-mail messages. This is the simplest way to send the exported files you created above. If your e-mail program does not support attachments, just send each exported file as a separate e-mail message. Don't forget to send some instructions for how to use your forms. We'll clean up anything you send so don't worry if it is a little rough around the edges.

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