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
>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

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.

Mark Baker
Senior Technical Communicator
OmniMark Technologies Corporation
1400 Blair Place
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1J 9B8
Phone: 613-745-4242
Fax: 613-745-5560
Email mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com

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