Frequently Asked Questions
1. Which browsers is the generated HTML file compatible with?
The generated HTML is compatible with:
Netscape Navigator 3
2. How big is the generated HTML file?
The size of the generated file is determined more by the amount of text the site contains than the number of pages.
An average sized site may create an HTML page of between 30K and 60K but results vary widely. The search page for these help files is just 55KB. Even beyond this the page should not take too long to download. A 60KB HTML file is usually transferred quicker than a 60KB zip or jpg file as the modem can compress the HTML file before transferring it.
There are 3 "minimize" methods available if you want to reduce the size of the generated search.html file. Another solution is to have both a quick and a full search available on your site.
3. How long do the searches take?
Usually a few seconds, but it entirely depends on the speed of the computer and the size of the HTML file. For average sized sites the time taken should not be significant.
Internet Explorer seems to produce results in about half the time of Netscape Navigator.
Large sites may take longer to search. A 600KB search page that was the index of 300 small ( ~3KB HTML) pages took 20 seconds to search for a word that eventually matched 100 pages. This was using Internet Explorer, Netscape took longer. You can reduce the search time dramatically by showing only the first quote on a page if you are using a very large search HTML file.
Yes. While the main function of the application is to provide search facilities on web sites it can be used for other purposes. If you have HTML pages on local storage then they can be indexed and searched in the same way as web sites.
If relative links are used then the HTML files and search page can be transferred to other media such as CD/DVD. It is even possible to index HTML files contained on CD/DVD and move the generated search HTML file onto the CD/DVD.
If the pages you are indexing are to remain offline then you will not be using web syntax. This means you should not enter a default filename.
5. Can I customize the size of the generated search.html file?
Yes, use the "Auto Minimize Size" options at step 8 of the application. This option is in version 2.1
6. Can I put the file on a CD/DVD to allow it to be searched?
Yes, see the answer above for details.
7. How can I stop the big list of quotes when a common word is searched for?
This is the default behavior of the search HTML file and is helpful for users trying to locate information.
However it sometimes produces to much output if common words are searched for. To change this option see show a quote for each word.
8. Why are there lots of repeated "searchmaker" words in the HTML?
9. I know the HTML hexadecimal code of the color I want to use but there is nowhere to enter it.
Beside each "Color" button is a piece of text that either says "(default)" or the hexadecimal-code of the color such as "#FF00FF".
If you click this piece of text, a small window appears letting you enter the hexadecimal-code directly.
10. The search HTML page works but the links to the found pages do not.
If you use relative links then the search HTML file builds links relative to the FIRST PAGE INDEXED. If you selected the site by pointing to the home page then all links will be relative to this home page. For the search HTML to work it must be placed in the same folder/directory as the page.
It is possible to point to a page that is, for example, 4 folders deep into a web site. Relative links will be constructed relative to this location. If the home page is 4 folders up it will be to referred to by "../../../../index.html". The generated search HTML file would then have to be placed 4 folders deep in the same place as the first page indexed for all links to work.
11. What are all the phrases in the indexes?
This is HTML code for a space. There are about 50 of these codes for representing special characters. They can be left in the indexes as they are converted to HTML when the indexes are quoted on the screen.
12. I want to edit the generated HTML code but I can’t get it to work.
If you wish to alter the search HTML it is recommended that you rebuild it, loading the settings from a configuration file.
13. What does "the application is still trying to cancel the previous http connection" mean?
If you cancel an indexing operation by clicking the "Back" button then the current Internet transfer needs to cancelled before another one can begin.
This is usually instantaneous, but if a transfer is mid way through it can take up to a minute to cancel.
If you are using Dial-up Networking then ensure you have closed any Windows requesting you to connect.
The application can process most HTML pages. If pages are being missed then ensure that you are using standard HTML notation. However, the application can work round most errors.
Web sites that create their content dynamically will not index well. For instance the URL http://www.myserver.com/proces.dll?334kTR&navigatefrom=index2 will not be indexed by default as it is not recognized as having an HTML file suffix. It is possible however to set Search Maker Pro to index every link that it encounters regardless of syntax.
This should not be a problem for most people as Search Maker Pro is a client side solution. If you are creating dynamic web pages on the server side then you will possibly be able to use server side searching.
Maker Pro cannot follow links contained in an external map file,
can get round this by providing text navigation as well. This is
also good web design as it helps users navigate your site easily.
15. I want to create a search engine for a list of files in a folder.
To do this, select the second option on the opening page of the application ("Select individual pages to index").
By using the shift key in the open dialog box, you can select all the files from a folder at once.
absolute links can be created in this mode (such as file///C|/My
Documents/page7.html). You can convert to relative links by opening
the file in WordPad and "Replace" file///C|/My
Documents/ with nothing, leaving just the filename as the URL.
16. I want the results list to open in a new window and when I click one of the links I want it to open back in the original page.
See here for details on how to do this.