Recording Links Followed In A Single HTML Document


James Blustein

Author Addresses: 

Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
6050 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2


This report describes in detail a combination of tools (written in Perl, Javascript and the hypertext markup language (HTML) that were used to record the links users followed within a single web page.

The method was developed specifically for use with the Perl 5 language and the Netscape World Wide Browser (version 4 for Unix) but can be easily adapted to other browsers. The main drawback to the method is that users must click the `back' button twice to return to the previous link. It should be a simple matter to eliminate that drawback using today's browsers.

Tech Report Number: 
Report Date: 
September 19, 2002
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