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Frequently Asked Questions

Which version should I order?
Which operating systems does HTMLCAL run on?
I have no idea what operating system my Web host provider uses for my Web site. How can I tell?
What is the difference between the shareware version and the registered version?
Do you have a Windows standalone version?
Can I pay with a credit card?
How long will it take to receive my order?
Do I have to buy something every year to update the calendars?
What years can I generate calendars for?
What Web servers does it work with?
How do I get the Web calendar editor running on my ISP's Web server?
Can you install HTMLCAL for me?
Can I run more than 1 set of calendars on my site?
Are the calendars or events stored on the HTMLCAL site?
Do I need Perl installed on my Web server for HTMLCAL?
Does your program use Java or JavaScript?
Can I add my company logo to the calendars?
Is there a way to password protect the editing page?
Can I get the source code to your programs?
My question isn't answered here. How do I get ahold of you?


Which version should I order?
The "Desktop" version, which is available for Windows 95/98/NT based computers, runs on your desktop computer, rather than on a Web site. It will create calendars ready to upload to your site. The "Professional" version, available for Web servers running Windows 95/98/NT, Sun OS 5.6 or Red Hat Linux 5.0. The Professional version runs on your Web site or intranet server, not on your PC. (Both versions produce the same calendars and cost the same.)

Order the Desktop version if:

  • You are the sole person who needs to update calendars
  • You are NOT allowed to install custom CGI programs on the Web server where your site is hosted
  • You want the simplest installation possible

Order the Professional version if:

  • You want others to be able to edit the calendars from your Web site or intranet
  • You ARE able to install custom CGI programs on your Web site or intranet
See the next question as well for operating system options.    Top


Which operating systems does HTMLCAL run on?
Windows-based systems, including Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 and XP; and most Unix-based systems, including SunOS 5.6, Red Hat Linux 7.0 through Fedora Core 4, and FreeBSD. If you have another Unix-based operating system, such as BSDI or Irix, we may be able to compile the software on your server. Contact us for details. Unfortunately, Macintosh Web servers are not supported.    Top


I have no idea what operating system my Web host provider uses for my Web site. How can I tell?

The best way to find out is to ask your host provider. They often will tell you. There are also some Web sites that can be used to determine what operating system a particular Web server is running. One is called Netcraft. Enter your domain in the "What's that site running?" box and click "Examine." This method is not always accurate.    Top

Here is direct link to Netcraft.com's form:

What's that site running?


What is the difference between the shareware version and the registered version?
The shareware version, which you can download here, is an MS-DOS based program that lets you generate calendars on your PC, which you can then upload to your Web site. Events are added to the calendars by listing them in a simple text file before you run the program. Or, you can edit the HTML calendar files the program creates and add your events that way. The registered version runs lets you edit the calendars using a form on a Web page, as demonstrated on this site.    Top


Do you have a Windows standalone version?
Yes! We now offer a "desktop" version. See this related question.    Top


Can I pay with a credit card?
Sure. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.    Top


How long will it take to receive my order?
Orders are sent out within two business days from the time they are placed. But in general, most orders are filled the same day they are received.   Top


Do I have to buy something every year to update the calendars?
No. The software will make calendars for practically any year. (Also see next question about the Gregorian calendar). There are no time limits and no need to buy anything else. We do post a list of standard U.S. events and holidays for the coming year so current customers can add those events to their calendars. That list is typically posted in late summer or early fall and is available to customers for free.    Top


What years can I generate calendars for?
HTMLCAL uses algorithms to generate calendars for the Gregorian calendar, also called New Style Calendar, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. This calendar system has been in general use for some 250 years. It was proclaimed in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII as a reform of the Julian calendar. For more information about the Gregorian calendar, and what year certain countries adopted it, see this reference from Britannica.com.    Top


What Web servers will your program work with?
Virtually any server that supports standard CGI that runs on the above-mentioned operating systems. HTMLCAL is being used on a number of Windows-based Web servers, including Netscape's FastTrack, Microsoft's IIs 3.0 and 4.0, O'Reilly's, Apache, OmniHTTPd and the Microsoft Personal Web Server, which is shipped with Microsoft FrontPage 97 and FrontPage 98 and Windows 98, and is available for free from the Microsoft site.   Top


How do I get the Web calendar editor running on my ISP's Web server?
First you have to make sure your ISP lets you run CGI programs. Most do, but you should check to make sure. Then, find out what operating system the ISP is using. You'll need to order the correct version of HTMLCAL to match the server's operating system. Once you've got the HTMLCAL software, copy it to your Web site according to the instructions that come with the software. You'll have to edit three files to add some path information, and change permissions on some files and directories. Then you are set to go.   Top


Can you install it for me on my Web server?
Yes. The fee is $20 for most installations. E-mail me and we can discuss the details.   Top


Can I run more than one set of calendars on my site?
Yes. HTMLCAL is priced according to the number of calendar sets you want to set up. See the pricing page for more details.   Top


Are the calendars or events stored on the HTMLCAL Web site?
No. The calendars and events are all stored on your site or intranet, unlike some other Web calendar products. HTMLCAL is installed on your Web server, which means you maintain total control over the program and your data. You don't depend on anyone else to access your calendars. It also means you can install the program on an intranet that is not connected to the Internet, and customize the look of the calendars to match your site.    Top


Do I need Perl installed on my Web server to run your Web calendar editing programs?
No. The CGI programs distributed with the registered version of HTMLCAL are not Perl scripts. They are pre-compiled C programs that will run on your Web server.   Top


Does your program use Java or JavaScript?
The core of the software is written in C to make it as fast as possible. We currently do not use Java mainly because it's just too slow. We do use some JavaScript in order to make it easy to edit events that have already been placed on the calendars. We do not believe the use of JavaScript has a noticeable impact on how fast the software operates. You can turn off the use of JavaScript if you like, at the expense of losing the "Replace" function.    Top


Can I add my company logo to the calendars?
Yes. Whatever HTML code you put in the file called header.htm will appear at the top of all the calendars you make. Likewise, anything you put in footer.htm will be displayed at the bottom of each calendar. You can also specify your own background color as well in the header file.   Top


Is there a way to password protect the editing page?
Yes. While HTMLCAL does not provide for any password protection, most Web servers allow you to restrict access to particular directories by requiring a password. This feature is usually set on Windows NT-based servers by going to the administration page of the Web server software. On Unix-based servers, you can restrict access using a file called .htaccess. It's beyond the scope of this FAQ to explain how to use .htaccess, but there are instructions elsewhere on the Internet, including http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/docs/tutorials/user.html.   Top


Can I get the source code to your programs? I'd like to customize the calendars a little differently.
As a rule, we don't distribute our source code. If your application requires some customization, we can do that for you for a reasonable fee.   Top


My question isn't answered here. How do I contact you?
Contact information is available on the CONTACT page. E-mail is by far the best and the fastest way to reach us: tim@htmlcal.com.

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