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Instructions for downloading and running the stand-alone version of the Fontes database (for those who have MS Access 2000)

You may also download a version of these instructions (in Microsoft Rich Text Format) by clicking here.


The procedures for installation will vary depending on your own operating system and setup, but the following should cover the main points.

1. Before you begin to download FontesApplication.exe, we recommend that you create a folder into which it can be decompressed. By default the file is decompressed into C: \Windows\Temp, but we suggest that you create a folder on your C: drive specifically for the application (e.g. FontesApplication).

2. Click on the link Download the Fontes Application now to begin saving the file FontesApplication.exe onto your hard drive. Depending on how your computer is set up, you should get a dialogue box which asks you if you want to open it or to save it to disk or you may get a dialogue box that invites you to 'save as'. If you have created a folder C:\Fontes, you may save the file into this folder. Depending on your network connection the process of saving the compressed file to your hard drive should take anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes (the latter if you are using a standard modem).

3. Once you have downloaded the file, decompress (or unzip) it by double-clicking on the file FontesApplication.exe. You should get a self-extractor dialogue box which gives you the message 'To unzip all files in this self-extractor file to the specified folder press the Unzip button'. Under 'Unzip to folder' the dialogue box will give you your 'Temp' folder (e.g. C:\Windows\Temp) as the default folder into which to decompress the file.
3.1 Now click the 'Browse' button next to the box listing the default folder, find the folder you have created (C:\FontesApplication) and click on it and click 'OK' (the location for 'Unzip to folder' in your self-extractor dialogue box should have changed from the default folder to the folder you've selected). Click the 'Unzip' button and wait until you get the dialogue box which gives you the message '11 files unzipped successfully'. Click 'OK' and then click 'Close' on the underlying dialogue box.

[NOTE: Though the message tells you that 11 files were unzipped successfully, you will in fact only see the following four items in your folder: FontesHTML, FontesApp.mde, FontesData.mdb and readme.txt. Notes on system requirements, copyright and permissions and a disclaimer are included in the readme.txt file.]

4. To run the program go into the new folder you created, then double click on the file FontesApp.mde. The application should open with a page showing a picture and three buttons: Fontes database, Information and Fontes on the Web. To learn how to use the application, go to 'Using the Database' in the Information files, or download a copy of this guide (in Microsoft Rich Text Format) from the website. You can create an icon on your desktop by right-clicking on the FontesApp.mde file in Windows Explorer or My Computer, and then choosing Create Shortcut, and dragging the shortcut to the desktop.


5. For those who have Access and are familiar with its use, it is possible to use the Fontes data independently of the application provided, developing your own queries for instance. To do this, make a copy of the FontesData.mdb file onto your hard drive, giving it a different name, and then open it in Access. The file is in Access 97, so if you are using Access 2000 it will invite you to convert the database to the later version, which you can do. You may also convert the data for use in other database programmes.

6. If you are using your own Access 2000 program to run the application and have not installed the Runtime version, you will find that as you navigate between different 'pages' of the application a small window or tab appears at the foot of the screen for each of them. It is possible to navigate back and forth by clicking on these instead of using the Return buttons within the application; but if you do the application will soon crash and you will have to exit and open it again. If you wish to avoid the temptation you can try installing the Runtime version (also available as a download from our website) even if you have Access 2000 already, and the windows will then not appear. But such installation is somewhat unpredictable and we do not recommend it.