The IAAIS Program Share allows member services to share programming with other services, easily and at no cost. Every contributing service will have their own folder on the program share site. The address of the Program Share is http://iaais.org/programshare
As a contributing service, you'll have a folder of your own. You have complete control of what goes in that folder, including the capability of creating folders within your folder. For instance, if you offer a book that spans multiple readings, you can create a folder with the book's name, and rather than send sharers to each individual file, you could send them to the folder, where they can see and individually select all the readings. Other participating services will have access to download programs from your folder, but have no control over it.
Each folder will be password protected. Each service has its own user/folder name, its own FTP password to upload and maintain its folder, and its own download password to gain access to other folders. To participate, download the Upload Agreement or Download Agreement forms at the top of the page. Once registered, choose:
1) your folder name (folders already in use are named kansas, aincolorado, sunsounds, etc.)
2) FTP upload password
3) download password
and send those to Art Hadley at email@example.com. (Upload and download can use the same password; it's up to you.)
Using an index.html page
If that page wasn't there, you'd just see the listing of folders and files contained within that folder. Any time you go to a web address that does not specify a page, your browser looks for one called index.html. If you were to go into that first level of folder, at http://iaais.org/programshare, you don't get to see all the folders in it because there is also a page there called index.html, which opens and blocks your way.
It's up to you whether to put up an index.html page or not, and what content to put on it. Most of the time, downloaders will come to your folder using the address of a specific program (to download); they'll go directly to that program, and it won't matter whether or not you have an index.html page. It just depends on how you want to present your folder, as a prepared page or as a text listing of the folder contents.
Open Directory Listing AND A Web Page
A service that wants to put up an informative web page, but still wants the visitor to be presented with the list of files, can simply call the page something other than index.html. If you call the page readme.html, for instance, anyone going to the folder would see the web page in the directory, and could easily click and read it. So it is possible to have web pages and yet let the visitor just come to a directory of contents of the folder. You could use these pages to include book reviews or descriptions, for instance. Files could also be .txt files, word.doc files, or any other file you wish to share.
Link Address Examples
The full address of one of your programs will look like this:
If you want to send sharers to your folder, where they can pick and choose files (or meet an index.html page):
If you want to send sharers to a book folder, rather than a single file, the address will look like this: