08/06/06 (Edited 09/08/08)
WSN is capable of reading the PAD data format commonly used with software directories. At Admin -> Settings -> Switches you can switch on the option. This will cause a prompt to be shown on the submission page for the submitter to provide a PAD file. Please note however that you'll probably want to add some new fields to collect all the data, as described below.
The title (Program_Name), description (Char_Desc_XXX), url (Application_Info_URL) and email (Contact_Email) are automatically handled and applied to the appropriate preexisting WSN fields, so you should not create new fields for them. For the rest of the fields in the PAD spec, though, form fields will be filled if and only if you create custom fields as the lowercased versions of the element names in the XML specs for PAD. For example: program_version, author_first_name, city_town. Add what you want, skip the fields you don't care about.
The available fields which you might wish to add are listed at http://www.asp-shareware.org/pad/spec/spec.php . Ignore all of the path except for the last bit -- for example, for program cost it lists the path "XML_DIZ_INFO/Program_Info/Program_Cost_Dollars" and so you would add a link field named program_cost_dollars in order to catch that value.
Listings which originate from PAD data are periodically updated based on a check for the latest version of the PAD file. You can customize the frequency of this update at Admin -> Settings -> Listings -> PAD Update Frequency.
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