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How to use WebNavigator

Webnavigator startup

Webnavigator is provided as a Web application that runs under Tomcat. Copy the webnavigator.war file under the Tomcat webapplication folder, and that's it.

To start using the application browse to:


Webscript page

The main page presents the list of the scripts available on the (local) server.

Webscript page

From this page you may:
  • See script source
  • Verify if the script is running
  • Edit the sript
  • See script results
If you have created a new script and want to execute it, you have first to make it available on the server. Use the upload button to browse your local file system and select the file.

Note: if the file you selected doesn't conform to the xml schema, an error page is returned.

More information on how to create a search template are reported in the document How to create a Search template.

Once the script has been uploaded you can execute it. (Note: a refresh sometimes is needed to see the running status updated).

Running scripts

Once the execution of the script has been completed, you may browse the result page.

Result page

The result page list all the sites browsed. The updated icon is set when results are different from the previous version stored locally. The problems icon is set if any problem has been encountered during the site browsing. Refer to Common errors for information on how to solve these problems.

Results page

You may see the dynamic result page returned from the site clicking on the provided link. Note that only this page is stored locally, the link inside the page are modified to point to the original site.

Result's detail page

A special icon indicates if there are new results in the page and if parsed data are available. More information on parsed data can be found in How to create a Search template.

Parsed data are reported, and updated data identified.

Parsed and updated data


The scheduler menu allows to enable the scheduling of scripts, to activate the notification via email, and to subscribe to results as RSS feed.



Email Alert

Email alert

RSS feed

Parsed information are made available as RSS feeds.Using an RSS enabled client is possible to subscribe to the dynamic feed and be updated of new results returned from a scheduled script.

The following picture shows Firefox browser with the 'livemarks' tab opened to subscribe the available feeds.

RSS feed

And you can see that the RSS feed is composed of the parsed data.

RSS feed as bookmarks