URL Tracer: URL Tracing Software for Internet Explorer

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(:title URL Tracer: URL Tracing Software for Internet Explorer)

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  • Kaasten, S. and Greenberg, S. and Edwards, C. (2002) How People Recognize Previously Seen WWW Pages from Titles, URLs and Thumbnails. In X. Faulkner, J. Finlay, F. Detienne (Eds) People and Computers XVI (Proceedings of Human Computer Interaction 2002), BCS Conference Series, 247-265, Springer Verlag.
  • Kaasten, S. (2001) Integrating Back, History and Bookmarks in Web Browsers. MSc Thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Kaasten, S. and Greenberg, S. (2001) Integrating Back, History and Bookmarks in Web Browsers. In Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'01), 379-380, ACM Press.
  • Cockburn, A., Greenberg, S., McKenzie, B., Smith, M. and Kaasten, S. (1999)WebView: A Graphical Aid for Revisiting Web Pages. Proceedings of the OZCHI'99 Australian Conference on Human Computer Interaction, (November 28-30, Wagga Wagga Australia).
  • Also search for Kaasten at http://grouplab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/papers/ to find a few other related papers.
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(:title URL Tracer: URL Tracing Software for Internet Explorer) This program, useful for research experiments, allows a person to track a single session. It produces a text file containing all of the URL navigations that were made in the session, including the date, time, URL, and Window (main or newly spawned).



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Download and Installation

Install or Source

  • To use,

Tutorials and Examples

To Use

  • Launch the program and specify the user and session numbers. These numbers will be used to name the data file produced. For example, if user 1 and session 2 are specified, the file name produced will be "User_1_Session_2.txt". The file is saved in the applications directory "Program Files\Grouplab Url Tracer".
  • Press Begin and the Internet Explorer browser should appear. From then on, all navigations are recorded.
  • When the last Internet Explorer window is closed, the data file can be safely opened and imported into a data analysis program such as Microsoft Excel.
  • Each line has the format number, date, time, url, window. For example, two lines from the data file would look something like:
    • 1,"1/24/2006","12:27:09 AM","http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~saul/pmwiki/pmwiki.php","Window_Main"
    • 2,"1/24/2006","12:27:12 AM","http://grouplab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/cookbook/index.php","Window_Main"

Links

  • Kaasten, S. and Greenberg, S. and Edwards, C. (2002) How People Recognize Previously Seen WWW Pages from Titles, URLs and Thumbnails. In X. Faulkner, J. Finlay, F. Detienne (Eds) People and Computers XVI (Proceedings of Human Computer Interaction 2002), BCS Conference Series, 247-265, Springer Verlag.
  • Kaasten, S. (2001) Integrating Back, History and Bookmarks in Web Browsers. MSc Thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Kaasten, S. and Greenberg, S. (2001) Integrating Back, History and Bookmarks in Web Browsers. In Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'01), 379-380, ACM Press.
  • Cockburn, A., Greenberg, S., McKenzie, B., Smith, M. and Kaasten, S. (1999)WebView: A Graphical Aid for Revisiting Web Pages. Proceedings of the OZCHI'99 Australian Conference on Human Computer Interaction, (November 28-30, Wagga Wagga Australia).
  • Also search for Kaasten at http://grouplab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/papers/ to find a few other related papers.

Developed by Shaun Kaasten as part of his MSc work, supervised by Saul Greenberg