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Test Of Archiving Software - Explorer

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Type

Name

Platform

Version

Price

URL

Remarks

Complete websites

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Mac OS X

5.2.3

Free

www.microsoft.com/mac

 

Conclusion

The Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2.3 browser can archive up to five levels of a website’s hyperstructure. The web page is archived in the 'Web Archive' format (optional file name extension .waff), which is both a platform-specific (Mac OS X) and programme-specific format.  Web pages are usually archived correctly. It must be seen as a disadvantage that net pages archived with this program can only be inputted into Internet Explorer 5.2.3, and can only be used with Mac OS X. A further complaint is that archiving takes place at a very low speed and occasionally “freezes”, after which the process must be begun again.

 

Recommended settings

The web page to be archived is inputted into Microsoft Internet Explorer, 'Save as...' is chosen from the 'File' menu, and a file name entered. The 'Web Archive' format is chosen. It is possible to define the types of elements to be included in the archiving (images, sound, recordings, links), as well as the number of levels of the hyperstructure to be saved (max. five).

 

Archiving speed

Archiving time (min)

File size (MB)

Archiving speed (MB/min)

Degree of presence required

113

55.7

0.49

Low

 

Test details


Test date and time: Saturday October 30 2004, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tested by: Bo Hovgaard Thomasen

Tested by archiving: www.dr.dk/kroniken , www.dr.dk/nyheder , www.dr.dk/skum , www.dr.dk/skum/boogie

Speed test carried out by archiving: www.dr.dk/nyheder/html/nyheder/baggrund/tema2003/krise/index.jhtml

 

Test results

The following have been evaluated according to the following scale for the number of archived elements: 0=none, 1=few, 2=average, 3=most, 4=all

Structure

aa

3

aa

aa

Cascading Style Sheets

4

Most of the archived material appears correct as defined in CSS

Page composition

4

Page composition is usually correct

Background

3

Backgrounds are usually archived correctly

Pop-up windows

0

Pop-up windows are not archived

Archiving of all desired web pages

3

Most web pages desired are archived

Movement between elements in the structure

Link

3

aa

Print/writing

Textual link

4

Textual links are usually active, except for complicated links with JavaScript.

Pull-down menu

1

Pull-down menus usually do not act as links.

Formulas such as login

4

Login acts as a link (but requires an online connection to show the link target)

Image

Animation

4

Animation acts as a link.

Graphics

4

Graphics acts as a link

Photo

4

Photos act as links

Moving images

-

aa

Link target

3

aa

Print/writing

Text

4

All print/writing is archived.

Image

Animation

2

Only animation not requiring an online connection is archived.

Graphics

3

Graphics are usually archived correctly .

Photo

3

Photos are usually archived correctly

Moving Images

2

Only moving images not requiring an online connection for viewing are archived.

Other

-

aa

Sound

aa

3

Sound is archived correctly to the extent the element is not streamed.

Automation

4

aa

aa

Automatic redirection

4

aa

Movement in elements in the structure

Automatic + inherent

3

aa

Print/writing

aa

4

Movable print/writing is archived

Image

Animation

4

Animation is archived correctly

Moving Images

4

Moving images are archived correctly.

Banner ads

4

Banner ads are archived correctly

Sound

Background sound

3

Background sound is usually archived correctly.

Banner ads

3

Banner ads are usually archived correctly.

Automatic + online

0

aa

Print/writing

Chat as reader

0

Online elements are not archived

Image

Moving images

0

Online elements are not archived

Sound

aaa

0

Online elements are not archived

User intervention + inherent

3

aaa

Print/writing

Archived chat

3

Usually archived correctly

Mouse-over

4

Archived correctly.

Quizzes

-

aa

Clickable maps

4

Archived correctly.

Image

Non-streamed image (such as† slideshows, clickable maps)

3

Usually archived correctly.

Games

-

Games are poorly archived, as they are usually constructed with online elements (reporting high scores to the website, etc.). However, some games are correctly archived.

Quizzes

-

Quizzes are poorly archived, as they are usually constructed with online elements (reporting high scores to the website, etc.). However, some games are correctly archived.

Clickable maps (w. zoom or activation)

4

Archived correctly

Mouse-over

4

Archived correctly

Sound

Non-streamed sound (as activated in games, quizzes, etc.)

3

Usually archived correctly..

Mouse-over

3

Usually archived correctly.

User intervention + online

0

aa

Print/writing

Chat (as participant)

0

Online elements are not archived

Polls

0

Online elements are not archived

Test-yourself

0

Online elements are not archived

Image

Streamed images

0

Online elements are not archived

Games

0

Online elements are not archived

Sound

Streaming (both archived and live)

0

Online elements are not archived

Non-movable elements

-aa

3

aa

Print/writing

ss

4

Print/writing is archived correctly.

Image

aa

3

Most images are archived correctly.

Sound

aa

3

Sound is usually archived correctly.


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The test was carried out by graduate student Bo Hovgaard Thomasen during the period from July- December 2004, and its premises and main results are explicated in the text Test of software and strategies for micro-archiving websites.

Note: We do not have the resources to offer technical support or other advice on the use of the tested archiving programme beyond what can be found on this web page.