Re: Application to Create Web Structure/Tree view?

Subject: Re: Application to Create Web Structure/Tree view?
From: "Mark Baker" <mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 13:53:06 -0500

Joe wrote

> We're looking for a tool that will generate a hierarchical picture of an
entire
>Web site

Note that a web site is not necessarily hierarchical in structure. It is a
web. Any page can link to any other page.

Hierarchies are a subset of webs, but unless you deliberately constrain your
site to actually be a hierarchy, it probably won't be possible to map it
accurately as a hierarchy.

You can generate a hierarchy by starting from the home page (supposing every
page is reachable from the home page) and then following links and
eliminating any duplicates. This will produce a hierarchy, but its sequence
and levels will depend on the incidental order in which links appear in
pages. It may not be a good representation of the structure of your web
site.

Forms, and other types of dynamic content can also create a problem. There
may be pages that are only accessible by filling particular values into a
form. Pages may be generated from a constantly changing database.

If you use a specific navigational template for your site, it might be
possible to write an OmniMark program to follow just the links that occur in
that template and generate a hierarchy that way, ignoring all other forms of
linking. But the program would have to be written specifically to recognize
your navigational template.


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Mark Baker
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OmniMark Technologies Corporation
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Canada, K1J 9B8
Phone: 613-745-4242
Fax: 613-745-5560
Email mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com
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