local files, but unless the page starts
with www, remember to put the preceding http:// before on-line pages, or it
automatically scans local files instead.
Once inside, enter the URL in the bar
at the top and press Enter.
Whether in the GUI or console version, LinkChecker gradually makes its
way through all the pages of a given
Web site, outputting any broken links or
warnings in the process. Depending on
the Web page, the output can be pretty
verbose, so console users might consider
piping the output for larger pages.
Once the scan has finished, a readout
is provided with the number of valid and
invalid URLs, as well as various statistics
having to do with URLs and content.
In the end, LinkChecker is a very
simple project that serves its purpose
beautifully. Its ease of use and multiplatform nature also make everyday usage
much more likely. Any serious Webmaster
should check out this project.;
John Knight is a 27-year-old, drumming- and bass-obsessed
maniac, studying Psychology at Edith Cowan University in Western
Australia. He usually can be found playing a kick-drum far too much.
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