Project: Offline Wikipedia on PSP
Just thought I'd make a thread to indicate progress on this project for whoever is interested. The PSP is a great platform to be able to read wikipedia articles instantly on, and with only a 2 GB abstract, the Wikipedia XML dump easily fits on a 4+GB Memory Stick Duo. A pocket encyclopedia would be great without having to rely on hotspots and the hassle of connecting to them.
Possible Approaches and Status:
Using the PSP Internet Browser
Saving all pages as HTMLs by crawling Wikipedia not only increases the size but also poses many path and link problems that can't be fixed.
There are some programs like WikiSlice that I was unable to get working in an appropriate way, and other downloadable "packages" or snapshots of Wikipedia that were neither complete or useful enough. To even compile a working set of HTML links would require an exorbitant amount of time, but if there were a program or something that could do so, this would have the highest chance of success.
Using programs written in Macromedia Flash
There are some programs that I was able to find on other portable OS's (it's been awhile since I looked into this method again) that utilized Flash Player to read the Wikipedia abstract or a sliced snapshot of it (<250 MB), but I was unable to run these on the crappy PSP NetFront browser.
There's a new homebrew program that allows Java to be emulated on the PSP, but this approach looks by far to be the most work with a low chance of success (bugs, coding, etc...).
I would love to hear suggestions on the matter or other people's research, since I've spent a large amount of time trying to get this to work. I wish I remembered all the programs I went through, but it's been awhile since I tried again. Just append useful information to the thread, it'd be great to maybe bring this project to fruition.
Useful Resources and Information:
(This will be added to as research continues and people give their input)
Wikipedia database download information - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipediaatabase_download
Contains information regarding how to work with Wikipedia dumps offline and a variety of other useful information.
Building a fast Wikipedia reader with various open source tools - http://www.softlab.ntua.gr/~ttsiod/b...iaOffline.html
There are a lot of other resources and information just by typing in "Offline Wikipedia Reader", and there is already one for the ipod. The simple abstract can be between 500mb and 2Gb, which can easily fit on the PSP, but the full abstract has now grown to about 14 gb, which won't fit on standard 8gb or 4gb Duo sticks.