Webmaster utilitiesBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th Nov 2002, 13:04:38 | Permalink | Printable
HTMLcheck and Analog releasesWebsites are great, especially when people put a little effort into the design and maintenance of them. It's not all hard work as there are numerous bits and pieces of software available to lend a hand. As there's been a couple of updates recently to some web related RISC OS software, we thought we'd give them a mention. Firstly, having designed your web pages using a text editor and possibly other HTML editting software, you'll need to make sure it's valid.
HTMLcheck 1.10 [www.compton.nu/htmlcheck.html]
Tom Hughes has this week announced the release of his HTML validation software, HTMLcheck. As a port of the sgmls SGML parser, HTMLcheck ensures that your web pages follow web standards. Simply drag a HTML file onto HTMLcheck and any problems are highlighted in a throwback window. HTML that validates generally looks good in all web browsers. As Tom explains in his announcement, this version is essentially a 32bit compatible release. On a side note, Tom has also released version 2.00 of his LinkFS software, more details can be found here.
So having made sure your web pages are all fine and healthy and you've uploaded your site to somewhere online, you'll probably want to find out how many people have been visiting your corner of the internet.
Analog 5.24 [www.sbellon.de/software.html]
Could it be another port by Stefan Bellon? This time it's the famous web server statatics analyser application, Analog. This takes the detailed log files generated by your website's server and produces extensive web pages, such as this one, to illustrate how popular your website is, where your visitors come from, when your visitors look at your site, what pages do they read the most and so on. Very cool.
"I've updated my RISC OS port of Analog to the current version 5.24 which fixes a few security bugs", writes Stefan. "Additionally I introduced wildcards when specifying logfiles on the command line."
Happy HTMLing, and remember: every time you use a frame, they kill a kitten.
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