Re: WWW Photo Album Spider (Gavin Bell)
Date: Sat, 7 May 1994 23:57:55 +0200
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Subject: Re: WWW Photo Album Spider
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>I have created a "WWW Spider" which creates a "PHOTO ALBUM" of pictures.
>That is, say you know of a URL where there are many icons and images
>stored in one directory.  You can use this utility to create a photo
>album of the icons/pictures that are there.
>The captions of these icons will be clickable, so that one can copy the
>icons to your local machine.
>Obviously, there are severe copyright issues that could arise from
>It is also good for putting a load on a server :-(.
>I would like to hear the opinions of others as to the ethics and
>legalities of such software.
>Yechezkal-Shimon Gutfreund                [MIME]
>GTE Laboratories, Waltham MA

I think creating an inline image archive is a good idea, there are many
icon archives in the public domain and I think that a library of lines,
arrows, sound links compressed files text files etc will help

Wether this spider should be run is a contentious question, usual indexing
spiders already annoy people so maybe not.  The spider could use the
no_access  files ideas of Martijn Koster and his robots page.

If CERN or NCSA etc would put a user-contributable library of small gifs
for inline images I'm sure this would be appreciated.  Many web maintainers
will already have such files so one could be created quickly and this would
allow new sites to setup quicker.


Gavin Bell, Graduate Demonstrator & Ph.D Student             -- gAv!
School of Psychology, Queen's University, Belfast BT7 1NN.
Phone + 44 232 245133 x4327 (mime) (JANET)
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