Using HouseSpider 4.0
This version contains a bug
that affects several browsers - please upgrade to a newer version.
Keith L. Jackson,
Slightly modified and published on SourceForge by
Hans Fr. Nordhaug, January
HouseSpider is a Java applet that adds indexing and search capability to a web
site. The example above is set up to search through the homepage for
HouseSpider - housespider.sf.net.
There are four elements to its user interface:
- Text input box - upper left. Enter your search term here.
- Combined search and go button. When you enter a search term the button to
the right of the text input box turns into a magnifying glass. Click this button to
start an exhaustive search of the web site. Some notes on searching are listed below.
When the search is done and a link is chosen from the site list,
the button will change to an arrow (go) button.
- case is ignored (e.g., "mexico" will find "Mexico"),
- partial strings are matched (e.g., "mex" will find "Mexico" and "Texmex")
- special characters count (e.g., "méxico" will find "México",
but not Mexico)
- Help button. This button will take you to this page.
- Site list - lower window. Web pages associated with the search term are displayed here.
You may select a listing and then double-click or click the arrow (go) button
to go to the link. If a link is selected, its corresponding URL is displayed in
the browser's status line (just like when your mouse is over a link in a normal