This release is intended for hackers and developers who might be interested in how WebOOGL can be used. It is not yet meant to be used by end-users.
The Webspace is really a directed graph. However, since the layout of directed graph is extremely difficult (a graph layout problem that has been studied for years), I chose to visualize the webspace by reducing it to a tree structure. Any edge leading back to a node that has already been discovered is eliminated.
The implementation of Webspace is simple. It first discovers the structure of the webspace by using the "explore" perl script written by Oscar Nierstrasz (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once the data is acquired from traversing the webspace, the geometric structure is written out to a WebOOGL file, where each tetrahedron has a URL associated with it. The label for each node/tetrahedron is written out to a seperate label file, where each label file contains all the labels for a particular level of the tree.
With the labels in different files, it allows us to define widgets in 3d space, which when the user selects it, the approriate label file is added into the scene as a Geomview object.
The "explore" perl script has been hacked by me to give me the information I wanted. It also writes a few debugging files:
explore.stderr, explore.html, weboogl.host, weboogl.info.*
In addition, the explore script requires url.pl, http.pl, html.pl to run correctly. Perl must be able to find it.
The program was developed on a SUN SPARC 10 station. I've not tested whether it compiles on SGIs, but it should compile out of the box. This program is put under the GPL. However, if you would like to make modification to the program, I would like to know about it and incorporate into the standard release.
The following is required on the command line:
Specifies the http directory where the final webspace files will reside. (e.g. http://www.geom.umn.edu/docs/chi/) This is needed because the geometry specification file must know where the label files reside.
Specifies the beginning of the output filename (the file generated would be called filename.oogl)
A URL specifying an HTML document. If it is a server address, it must end with an "/". (e.g. http://www.geom.umn.edu/, and not http://www.geom.umn.edu)
turn debug on
specify the number of levels to traverse (default 2)
specify the Server to limit the robot to
Copyright (C) 1994, Ed H. Chi. All Rights Reserved.
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Created: Jan 17 1996 --- Last modified: Fri Apr 26 21:12:00 1996