Re: Rethinking TouchGraph was Re: [unrev-II] WebSPHINX

From: Jack Park (
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 10:45:14 PDT

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    What a great thread Grant started. Thanks Grant. BTW: searching the server
    at the WebSPHINX applet died, as did searching the Web.

    Keep in mind that WebL is free and open source, but subject to one
    condition: you don't get a license to distribute the WebL code with your
    project -- it must be downloaded from the web site. I haven't investigated
    the ability to apply for a license to distribute WebL; don't think it's
    needed for what we are doing.


    At 01:50 PM 10/10/2001 -0400, you wrote:
    >Jack, thanks, WebL is a great resource. A particularly interesting page
    >off the WebL homepage is one that shows how easy it is to write WebL scripts:
    >At 09:53 AM 10/10/01 -0700, you wrote:
    >>WebSPHINX is a GPL project. A paper referenced at the websphinx site is:
    >>It's about SPHINX, apparently an earlier project.
    >>What's interesting is figure 2 in that paper, showing a TouchGraph-like
    >>image and an outline image. It turns out that much of the functionality of
    >>WebSPHINX could be duplicated using WebL, an open source (not GPL) web
    >>scripting language (first introduced to me by Adam Cheyer) and available at
    >><note>research.compaq was originally a group that was at DEC</note>
    >>Take WebL and TouchGraph and you have WebSPHINX, methinks.
    >>At 09:40 AM 10/10/2001 -0700, you wrote:
    >> ><>
    >> bsphinx/
    >> >
    >> >At 09:36 AM 10/10/2001 -0700, you wrote:
    >> > >"WebSPHINX ( Website-Specific Processors for HTML INformation eXtraction)
    >> > >is a Java class library and interactive development environment for Web
    >> > >crawlers. A Web crawler (also called a robot or spider) is a program that
    >> > >browses and processes Web pages automatically."
    >> > >
    >> > >A building block for complex systems, no?
    >> > >
    >> > >--
    >> > >-- Grant Bowman <>

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