3 steps to installing iHTML
A. Create a System Data Source|
B. Install IHTML
Step A: Create a System Data Source
(the install for iHTML will now do this automatically)
All database management systems have their own way of encoding the information they store. This makes them incompatible with each other. iHTML is able to access the information stored in any ODBC database. To accomplish this, it uses Open Database Connec
For each database that you want iHTML to access, you need to create a "System Datasource". This system datasource will act like an interpreter between iHTML and your database.
In order to create a system data source, there should be an ODBC driver for your database installed on your computer. These are supplied with most database systems and are normally installed when you install the database.
To check if you have an ODBC driver for your database, open the Control Panel window. If there is an ODBC icon, double click on it and then click on the Drivers button. If there is a driver matching your database, you will be able to create a system data
If there is no driver matching your system, or if there is no ODBC icon in Control Panel, you may need to run the installation program for you database again. Check the installation instructions carefully before you do.
The following instructions for creating a system data source are for Windows NT/2000/XP. It is assumed that you already have a database which you want to access with iHTML. It is also assumed that an ODBC driver for your database is installed on your system.
1. Open the Control Panel window.
2. Double click on the 32 bit ODBC icon.
3. Click on the System DSN (Data Source Name) button.
4. Select the ODBC driver which matches your database and click the OK button.
5. Enter a name for your data source. You can use any name you wish but it must be unique.
6. Click on the Select button and locate the server or database you wish to access. Click on OK.
7. If there is an Advanced button, click on it. Enter a login name and password if required and Click on OK. If there is no Advanced button, ignore this step.
8. Click the OK button and the system data source is created. You may now use the system data source name to access this database with iHTML.
Step B: Install iHTML.
Run setup.exe or install.bat. The program will guide you through the installation.
The following are all the questions that are asked during the installation and what they mean:
Select Web Server - select the web server from the list that you are using
Select Directory - select the hard drive directory to put the iHTML software, default is c:\ihtml
Serial Number - this is your serial number that starts with IH20
Key - this is the key that starts with G-
DS Name - the ODBC datasource name for the default database you are using
User ID - the user name for the default datasource
Password - the password for the default datasource
User Id - a mail box account name before the @ sign (ie: custserv)
Mail Host - your default POP mail host (ie: mail.inline.net)
SMTP - your default SMTP mail host (ie: mail.inline.net)
POP Port - the POP mail server port number
SMTP - the SMTP mail server port number
DDE Name - only used for iFAX, can be left blank
Driver - only used for iFAX, can be left blank
Not Found - the filename and path for a file to be executed on a 404 error
Error - the default error handling filename and path for when an error occurs
Restart the web server.
Step C: Testing
All the sample files have been tested and are known to be bug free. If you experience problems while using them check the following.
Make sure your web server is running and iHTML is installed. Check the ihtml.log file that is created where the ihtml.dll file is located.
Restart the server service in Control Panel
You will hear a beep when iHTML is loaded. (on IIS and WebSite this occurs on the first request to an iHTML enhanced page)
Do not load the files directly into the browser. You must request these pages through the web server for iHTML to work properly using the http protocol.
Check the trouble shooting section at the back of the manual.
If you continue to experience difficulty, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you. Or use our online support forum at
To uninstall, use the unihtml.bat file located in the installed directory of the product.