[Wiki-offline-reader-l] Symbian offline Wikipedia viewer
mintywalker at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 15:19:25 UTC 2005
As per a suggestion from Angela on the tech-l list , I'm re-posting
here and adding some more background...
I'm looking for a offline (ie, not gprs/3g/wireless) viewer for
Wikipedia on a Symbian phone.
aka, something that:
* downloads the latest data dump
* processes it somehow
* builds some doodah that I can put on a memory card
* slot into my phone, and search/access/read wikipedia content
The offline part is key. Any pointers?
I'd also be interested in trying to get the software that does this in
an open source setup, as I can think of a couple of other large
datasets I would like to be able to carry around in my pocket.
I currently have a nokia 6680, with a 512Mb card. The English
Language Wikipedia appears to be ~900Mb compressed, so there are a
couple of issues:
* Either I'd need to split it up across 2 seperate cards
* Find some way to throw away some articles (maybe stubs?)
* Or maybe once the formatting is squished for a mobile / text only
format, it would come in smaller anyway.
* Or wait until I get a phone that supports 1Gb of memory...
I'm thinking that although there is a web browser in the phone, I'd be
quite happy with a simple plain text version of the data. Adding
images would push the size too high.
Regarding how to navigate, a simple search across the titles ought to
suffice. I have a london streetmap app installed , which lets me
type in the street name and in real time filters the streets down.
I'm guessing there must be a few hundred thousand streets in London,
so it ought to scale up to ~ million wp titles. The point is that it
demonstrates a decent user interface technique to navigate the content
Anyway ... thoughts?
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