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What is Big Brother?
Big Brother allows you to keep an eye on your World Wide Web links. It is essential for HTML authors who wish to make sure that the links contained in their pages are up-to-date, a chore which quickly gets out of hand without an automated tool! It is also invaluable to those who maintain a large list of bookmarks, since it can cooperate with URL Manager Pro.
Big Brother checks remote and local links. Whenever it detects that a remote link actually points to a local file, the link is checked directly, thus saving a connection. It can be set to check local links only, so you can verify the internal structure of your site without firing up your modem.
Big Brother works with files stored on your hard disk, but it can also fetch files from a remote Web server. It is able to follow links recursively, allowing you to check an entire site with a single command.
Results are displayed on screen for browsing. Each link can easily be opened using your preferred browser or displayed using a text editor. It is possible to save the results as an HTML file. Finally, Big Brother is scriptable, which lets you easily automate checks.
Big Brother knows about all HTML 3.2 tags, including <BASE HREF>.
What Big Brother is not
When a document becomes unavailable, its author can either remove it altogether or replace it with a page containing a short explanatory message. Similarly, when a document moves, the author has a choice between configuring the Web server to provide clients with the new address (at a low level), or replacing the document with a page containing a link to the new location. In the first case, Big Brother can identify that the document is missing or has moved and alert you about it. In the second case, there is no way for Big Brother to distinguish the explanatory message from the expected document, so the error will remain undetected.
Besides, Big Brother is not an HTML syntax checker. Its job is to verify links, and errors in your HTML documents will go entirely unnoticed.
Finally, Big Brother currently ignores FTP links. This limitation might be removed in a future version.
Big-Brother-1-3b2.sit (557.7 KiB / 571.09 KB)
Big Brother v1.3b2 / compressed w/ Stuffit
Architecture: 68K + PPC (FAT)
At least 2.1MB of free RAM
Mac OS 7.x - Mac OS 9.2.2
Emulating this? It should run fine under: Basilisk II