Some Helpful Notes on this Archive
Some Tips for searching the Animal Pictures Archive
- The search is case-insensitive.
- The mutiple search keywords act as Sequential AND. For
example, provided that your keywords are "purple finch", the result
will include "purple_finch.jpg", "PurpleFinch_05.jpg", ... as correct
answers and "purple-chestedGouldianFinch.jpg", "purple-breastedgouldianfinch.jpg"
... as garbage answers.
- Use singular noun rather than plural as a keyword. (The
CGI script is a simple string matching program between your query
and the file name which commonly consists of some description and
singular form of the animal name.) For example, if you find "wolves"
rather than "wolf", you will only get dozens of images among hundreds of
"wolf" images in the archive.
- Have you ever tried some broad terms such as fish,
bird, bug, dino(saur), and snake? Also there are some
specific terms such as WFF and SAFARI, the names of which
are not yet described.
- It's also worth trying synonyms in some cases.
For example, COUGAR is also known as PANTHER or PUMA (In fact, PANTHER
commonly refers to large black cats such as leopard, jaguar, cougar, or
puma with black fur).
- If you are not sure the animal name, use part of the animal name you sure.
For example, if you remember PANDA as PANTHA, the search results
might not contain any PANDA image. Trying PAN rather than PANTHA will
show you the correct information, though the results may also contain
many unwanted garbages.
Dealing with "UUENCODE"d image
This archive supports image DOWNLOAD via Mail. The image sent to you
through the Internet mail is "uuencode"d and may be seen as odd character stream.
There are several ways to view the encoded image.
- Netscape's Mail : If you receive your mail with Netscape's Mail,
you may see the image directly without any operation. (Recommended)
- Microsoft OutLook : This also decodes the image automatically for you.
- uudecode : This utility decodes the "uuencode"d file. You can
download it from your nearby FTP server. Most UNIX systems also have
this utility. If not, download it now
(uuencode.zip - 53kb).
How do I build this archive...
- Downloaded animal images from some newgreoups (mainly from
alt.binaries.pictures.animals) and web servers.
- Convert to JPEG format in order to decrease the file size.
- Change the file name if needed.
- Add descriptions (txt or html format) if possible.
- CGI sources: C program source files
- File Lists used for searching this archive.
- Future work: Searching through database management system. What
kind of DBMS? How can I build it?
Suggested Titles for the Animal Pictures Archive
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