Introduction to Subject Search Siter™

SSSiter™ is your personal Web crawler that automates the retrieval and selection of useful information available on the World Wide Web.

    SSSiter allows you to:

  1. Build site maps of one or more Web sites. SSSiter™ formats and displays site maps in an easy-to-understand and navigate hierarchy of folders.
  1. Search for data based on questions you provide. The resulting reports supply you with the most relevant data being retrieved directly from the specified site(s). Furthermore, you may enter these questions in the language of your choice. If necessary, the product performs on-the-fly translation of original Web pages into your native language (such as, from Chinese into English, English into German, etc.)

You may operate SSSiter™ in the background while you work on other tasks. When the search is complete, SSSiter™ creates a report of its findings which you may access using the product built-in browser, your default one, or store it for later viewing. Since SSSiter™ also operates off-line, the search speed and the overall performance get substantially increased.  Both speed and performance make SSSiter™ an essential tool for investigating the Web.

  1. Getting started with SSSiter™
  2. What can SSSiter™ do for me?
  3. How does SSSiter™ work?
  4. System requirements

1. Getting started

When you run SSSiter for the first time, displayed is a window entitled "Subject Search Siter - NONAME". This is a sample query folder containing several queries you may use to get up and running immediately. This allows you to quickly get familiar with SSSiter as well as check its search capabilities. You may enter new queries into the "NONAME" sample folder, rename it or, create your own custom query folders based on subjects of interest and Web sites you provide. For example, "Software" or "Kryloff Technologies" (www.kryltech.com).

Search results are stored in these folders allowing you to build up a portfolio of search reports grouped by your favorite topics or sites:

 Sample Query Folder

The first several rows of the sample query folder have queries such as, "Employment opportunities" and "Multi-language support in Kryloff products" that are addressed to specific Web Sites. To execute any of these queries, just double-click a corresponding icon using the left mouse button or press the Run button on the application toolbar.

You may also enter new queries by clicking the New button on the application toolbar or, by pressing the combination of keys <Ctrl+N>. If, for example, you wish to enter a similar query for AOL (located on the Web at "www.netscape.com"), press Ctrl+N, then point the mouse to the Web Sites field on the left pane (Query Properties), and type "www.netscape.com". If you only wish to obtain a site map of www.netscape.com, simply click the Run icon on the toolbar. If you are looking for particular information on this site (e.g., Netscape's copyrighted logos), enter "Use of Copyrighted Logos" in the Search Phrase field on the Query Properties (left) pane, and click the Run button. SSSiter will build a map of the specified Web Site along with the detailed report addressing your query.

SSSiter automatically specifies defaults under the other fields on the query properties pane using a set of standard preferences. These preferences are user definable, however, the standard defaults have been tuned to optimize initial searches for you as a beginner.

If you are not connected to the Internet, you will be prompted to connect to your on-line provider via the Dial-Up Networking "Connect to..." dialog (applicable to those customers who use the telephone dial-up connection). Once you are connected to the Internet, SSSiter will begin processing your queries and/or start building site map(s). As soon as the first query is processed (either within the time or document limit set in the Query Options pane on the left side of the product window), you'll hear a voice sound telling "Your report is ready" (in English). This means that SSSiter has completed the query and loaded the report with its findings to its built-in or your default browser.

You may browse this report while SSSiter continues gathering information for other queries, which once complete, are also automatically loaded into your browser.

Each SSSiter report summarizes the number of locations visited, the time taken, and whether the processing was interrupted due to a specified time limit. SSSiter also informs you of the number of quotations or extracts it has selected from the sites visited and lists them in the report sorted by relevancy.

Shown below are two example reports built by SSSiter. The first report presents a map of www.netscape.com and the other contains information on "Use of Copyrighted Logos". SSSiter has placed both reports in the NONAME Query Folder. You may view any of these queries at a later date by opening an appropriate query folder (i.e., noname.ssf) and clicking the Report button. Likewise, you may also view the site map of Netscape by selecting the application main menu items Tools, then Site Maps button. Pressing the Library button calls the Librarian which lists all reports on your Search Phrases.

Sample report - Map of www.netscape.com:

Note: All actual links in the example report below have been replaced with those to the Kryloff Web site.

You have instructed SSSiter™ to obtain the map of http://www.netscape.com/ in on-line mode
Received: 92 documents in 5 minutes
Processing this query has been stopped due to the following reason: time required to process the query has elapsed. 
http://www.netscape.com/(Netcenter)
http://www.netscape.com/ads/
http://www.netscape.com/ads/ad_rate_card.html?cp=hom05fadv(Advertise With Us)
http://www.netscape.com/au/
http://www.netscape.com/au/index.html?cp=hom05inau(Netcenter Australia)
http://www.netscape.com/computing/
http://www.netscape.com/computing/download/
http://www.netscape.com/computing/download/index.html?cp=hom05tdow(Netscape Netcenter - Download & Upgrade Page for browsers, servers, shareware)
http://www.netscape.com/computing/webbuilding/
http://www.netscape.com/computing/webbuilding/index.html?cp=hom05flh2(Web Building)
http://www.netscape.com/netcenter/
http://www.netscape.com/netcenter/whitepages.html?cp=hom05swhp(Netscape People Finder)
http://www.netscape.com/netcenter/personalize/
http://www.netscape.com/netcenter/personalize/index.html?cp=hom05tper(No title)
http://www.netscape.com/news/
http://www.netscape.com/news/index.html?cp=hom05cwns(Netscape Netcenter News)
... (this example report has been truncated)
Generated by Subject Search Siter™ of Kryloff Technologies, Inc.


Sample report - Use of Netscape Copyrighted Logos:

Note: All actual links in the example report below have been replaced with those to the Kryloff Web site.

You have instructed SSSiter™ to search for: Use of Copyrighted Logos
The actual phrases matched are highlighted in the quotations below.
Mission: Investigate Web Site http://www.netscape.com/ in off-line mode
  Obtain Map of Web Site Load site map into browser
Documents to download: 50 (actually, 30) Time limit: 2 minutes (actually, 2)
Quotations to generate: 100 (actually, 10) Min relevancy of quotations: 35%
Each quotation contains: 1000 letters Search language:English
Processing this query has been stopped due to the following reason: time required to process the query has elapsed.

1. Netscape Communications Corporation Legal Information Relevancy 84%
... Netscape Communications Corporation maintains this web site as a service to its customers. By using Web sites owned and operated by Netscape or its affiliates, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms of use, which may change at any time.

Privacy

Cookies

Warranties and Limitation of Liability

Applicable Laws

Export Controls

Links to Third-Party Sites

Trademarks

Use of Copyrighted Materials and Logos

U.S. Government End Users

© Netscape, All Rights Reserved. Legal & Privacy Notices. This site powered by Netscape SuiteSpot servers...

2. Netscape Contacts Relevancy 76%

... Read Netscape's legal information , including warranties and limitation of liability statements, a list of Netscape trademarks and guidelines on using them correctly, and a guide to the use of copyrighted materials and logos...

(further quotations are not shown as this example report has been truncated)

Generated by Subject Search Siter™ of Kryloff Technologies, Inc.

See also: Submitting Queries and Viewing Results

2. What can SSSiter do for me?

SSSiter provides you with a wide range of smart, unique, and easy-to-use searching capabilities:

3. How does SSSiter work?

SSSiter obtains Site Maps and performs full-text or other types of searches in several steps:

Step 1. Having entered one or more URL's of Web sites you are going to search on, launch your queries by clicking the main menu items Query, and then Run or Run off-line. SSSiter starts processing your queries.

Step 2. SSSiter recognizes hyper-links on Web pages and automatically follows them (receiving up to 20 documents at a time) allowing to build a Web site index. Starting from the root of the tree (the URL or URL's you type into the Search Sites field), SSSiter first goes horizontally through the site looking for all documents on a given level and then vertically avoiding possible loops and hyper-links that fall outside the Web site(s) under investigation.

Step 3. If you have also entered a search phrase, SSSiter parses each document using an intelligent text search engine embedded into the program. This engine matches text in each document with your search phrase and highlights relevant quotations and extracts from the document. These quotations are then sorted by relevancy (best matches first), after which SSSiter creates a corresponding report containing all of its findings.

Note: SSSiter version 5 or later allows translating contents of Web pages being investigated, on the fly. This allows you to enter your search queries and obtain reports in your native language (English, for example) even in case you need to investigate sites written in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, etc.

Step 4. The final step for SSSiter is to place the reports into a specified library and (if user preferences are set up to do so), launch the built-in or your default Internet browser to display the query report. Queries that are configured with a search phrase, cause SSSiter to generate two reports; one with a site map and the other with quotations/extracts that match your Search Phrase.

Step 5. SSSiter repeats the above steps until all the queries you issued have been completed. This way you may run multiple queries and as SSSiter works in the background, continue working on other tasks.

Note:
SSSiter keeps the most recently received documents in the Temporary Internet Files folder for subsequent searches. This allows SSSiter to quickly access these documents next time you launch a new query or work off-line.

Example:
Assume, you want to investigate the Kryloff Technologies Web Site (located at "www.kryltech.com")
. Type in or select www.kryltech.com under the Web Sites field in the Query Options pane. Click Query, then Run from the menu bar. Below is a simplified example scheme of this Web Site, which shows documents and hyper-link connections between them:

Root:  
www.kryltech.com
  (link 11) (link 12) (link 13)  
Level 1:
www.kryltech.com/news.htm
www.kryltech.com/aboutkt.htm
www.kryltech.com/langsupp.htm
  
  (link 21) (link 22) (link 23)   (link 31)
Level 2:
www.pkware.com
www.kryltech.com/download.htm
www.kryltech.com/feedback.htm

1. SSSiter starts investigating by cataloging the root document located at www.kryltech.com.

2. When the document is received, if necessary, translated into your native language, then fully scanned and processed, SSSiter follows the links 11, 12 and 13 and retrieves documents "www.kryltech.com/news.htm", "www.kryltech.com/aboutkt.htm", and "www.kryltech.com/langsupp.htm".

3. Having investigated "www.kryltech.com/news.htm", SSSiter does not follow link 21 as it goes outside the www.kryltech.com Web Site. Links that lead SSSiter outside a specified Web Site are always skipped by the product.

As there are no more links in "www.kryltech.com/news.htm", SSSiter extracts new links from "www.kryltech.com/aboutkt.htm" and "www.kryltech.com/langsupp.htm" and continues investigation by following links 22 and 23.

4. When "www.kryltech.com/download.htm" and "www.kryltech.com/feedback.htm" have been downloaded, SSSiter finishes investigating this Web Site as the only new link (31) leads to a previously loaded document. Indeed, link 31 points to the root www.kryltech.com, a location from which SSSiter has started its investigation.

5. The resulting report contains the map of www.kryltech.com. In case when you've entered a Search Phrase, SSSiter also builds one more report with corresponding quotations.

See also: Submitting Queries and Viewing Results and Editing SSSiter Preferences

4. System requirements

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