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Test Of Archiving Software - Explorer 6.0

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Type

Name

Platform

Version

Price

URL

Remarks

Complete websites

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Windows

6.0

Free

www.microsoft.com

aa

 

Conclusion

The Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 browser can archive one level of a website: i.e. archive one web page. The web page is archived in the 'Web Archive, single file' format, (filename extension .mht), which is both a platform-specific (Windows) 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 6, and can only be used with Windows.

 

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 format 'Web Archive, single file' is chosen.

 

Archiving speed

Archiving time (min)

File size (MB)

Archiving speed (MB/min)

0.05

0.21

4.2

 

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/nyheder , www.dr.dk/skum , www.dr.dk/oernen

Speed test carried out by archiving: www.dr.dk/nyheder/html/nyheder/background/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

The archived material appears 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

All textual links are archived. However, some textual links referring to JavaScript routines are not active.

Pull-down menu

2

Pull-down menus are archived, but act only partly as links in the archived version.

Formulas such as login

4

Formulas act as links, but link targets are not archived, as they require an online connection

Image

Animation

4

Animation acts as a link.

Graphics

4

All graphics links are archived and are active.

Photo

4

All photo links are archived and are active.

Moving images

-

Not tested

Link target

1

aa

Print/writing

Text

1

Only internal links on the archived† web page are archived; the programme archives only one level.

Image

Animation

1

Only internal links on the archived† web page are archived; the programme archives only one level..

Graphics

1

Only internal links on the archived† web page are archived; the programme archives only one level..

Photo

1

Only internal links on the archived† web page are archived; the programme archives only one level..

Moving Images

1

Only internal links on the archived† web page are archived; the programme archives only one level..

Other

-

aa

Sound

aa

1

Only sound not requiring an online connection is archived.

Automation

-

Aa

aa

Automatic redirection

-

Not relevant for this archiving programme.

Movement in elements in the structure

Automatic + inherent

3

aa

Print/writing

aa

4

All print/writing is archived.

Image

Animation

2

Flash- and Shockwave-elements are archived to some degree.

Moving Images

3

Moving images are usually archived correctly.

Banner ads

3

Banner ads are usually archived correctly.

Sound

Background sound

3

Background sound is usually archived correctly

Banner ads

4

Sound in banner ads is archived correctly

Automatic + online

0

aa

Print/writing

Chat as reader

0

Elements requiring an online connection cannot be archived.

Image

Moving images

0

Elements requiring an online connection cannot be archived.

Sound

aaa

0

Elements requiring an online connection cannot be archived.

User intervention + inherent

3

aa

Print/writing

Archived chat

-

Not tested

Mouse-over

4

Mouse-over text is archived and is active.

Quizzes

-

Not tested

Clickable maps

3

Clickable maps (such as Macromedia Flash) are archived and are usually active.

Image

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

3

The archived version is usually active.

Games

1

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

1

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)

3

Clickable maps (Macromedia Flash) are archived, and usually active.

Mouse-over

3

Mouse-over images are archived, and usually active.

Sound

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

3

Sound is archived and the archived version is usually active.

Mouse-over

3

Sound is archived and the archived version is usually active.

User intervention + online

0

aa

Print/writing

Chat (as participant)

0

Elements requiring an online connection cannot be archived.

Polls

0

Elements requiring an online connection cannot be archived.

Test-yourself

0

Elements requiring an online connection cannot be archived.

Image

Streamed images

0

Elements requiring an online connection cannot be archived.

Games

0

Elements requiring an online connection cannot be archived.

Sound

Streaming (both archived and live)

0

Elements requiring an online connection cannot be archived.

Non-movable elements

aa

3

aa

Print/writing

ss

4

All print/writing is archived.

Image

aa

3

Most images are archived correctly.

Sound

aa

2

Sound is archived to some degree.


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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.