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Mapping JS Links
rogerd




msg:667210
 3:47 pm on Feb 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

Dual problem here... First, my client's so-called web designer took a carefully optimized and internally linked site and converted almost every link to an image map or javascript drop-down. Are any SEs at all capable of following those JS links? I'm assuming that my best course of action, after choking the design guy, will be to try to create an inconspicuous navigation structure at the bottom of the page or something.

Now for the real question: I'm trying to create a site map just to figure out what he has done. There are a hundred small pages that are linked in several layers of JS. Normally, I use Xenu for a mapping tool, but poor Xenu hits a brick wall with the JS, and only sees a few pages on the site.

If I open the site in Dreamweaver, the linkage relationships are visible in the Site Map view. However, I can't see a way to print this out. I supposed I can try to expand bits and pieces and do screen prints, but surely there is a better way? I hope?

 

Macguru




msg:667211
 4:23 pm on Feb 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>Are any SEs at all capable of following those JS links?

Unfortunatly, not to my knowledge.

>>after choking the design guy

Try to educate him instead. Make him realise he must fix this mistake on his own budget. If he wouldn't listen try to get support from management.

I believe the old linkage is not replacable by any substitute.

crash




msg:667212
 4:33 pm on Feb 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

>> after choking the design guy

been there, done that (daum it felt good), about to do it again (on the same darn site.. think i will choke the client first).

>> Are any SEs at all capable of following those JS links?

not to my knowledge either

have dw too, wouldn't it be GREAT if they would add a cute little button to 'create site map in html'! (hint, hint MM)

Unfortunately I have found nothing to accomplish the task of site map creation other than by hand.

rogerd




msg:667213
 1:04 pm on Feb 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>wouldn't it be GREAT if they would add a cute little button to 'create site map in html'<<

Yeah, it seems like such an obvious need. Even FrontPage [shudder] can do it.

GWJ




msg:667214
 7:12 pm on Feb 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hi,

I do not know if this will help you but I believe it will do what you want. I haven't tried it yet. Picked it off of another forum today that I visit...

[xtreeme.com...]

Brian

rogerd




msg:667215
 9:41 pm on Feb 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Brian. I tried the demo - looks like a pretty cool site mapper, but it found the JS links as impenetrable as everything else. It DOES look a bit more powerful than Xenu. Thanks...

(edited by: rogerd at 10:16 pm (utc) on Feb. 25, 2002)

Macguru




msg:667216
 10:01 pm on Feb 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

A single sitemap won't fix the whole problem. I would insist on the design guy to fix his own mess.

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