[Wiki-offline-reader-l] Symbian offline Wikipedia viewer

Minty mintywalker at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 15:19:25 UTC 2005

Hello :)

As per a suggestion from Angela on the tech-l list [1], 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 [2], 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?

[1] http://mail.wikipedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2005-September/031758.html
[2] http://www.lumisoft.net/london/index.htm

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