Using HouseSpider 4.2
Developed by Keith L.
Jackson - up to
and including version 4.0 - and later by
Hans Fr. Nordhaug.
This version was released 1st of April 2002.
HouseSpider is a Java applet that adds indexing and search capability to a web
site. The example above is set up to spider through the homepage for
HouseSpider - housespider.sf.net. The
pages for version 4.0 is excluded from the search using the
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