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Colin Holgate coiin at verizon.net
Mon Aug 13 09:19:45 EDT 2012

When we were creating the Expanded Books series we had some challenges in fitting the longer books onto a floppy disk. We made the files as .SIT, that helped, but still longer books were a tight squeeze. One trick I did was to set the hint bits to zero, that alone would save enough space that a borderline book would then fit. It might mean that the first searches wouldn't be as fast as they could be, but our search method was pretty fast, so it was worth using that trick.

On Aug 13, 2012, at 8:41 AM, Richard Gaskin <ambassador at fourthworld.com> wrote:

> >I suspect that's a lightweight form of bitmap index, but it'll be interesting to see how it's done.

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