General Analysis Of What The World Wide Web Enables
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The following lists some things that html supports. The issues described afterwards would be useful in measuring commercial, well-visited noncommercial, and current UCLA web sites.
Use of pointers: hypertext, immediate reference access, organization by means of hierarchy.
Use of frames: scroll bars enable exposition at several levels, increasing the depth at later regions in the window is one option.
Use of spatial organization: tables, open tables, graphic images, background images.
Use of color.
Use of sound.
Use of animation.
Use of select-from-a-list.
Activating exchange of entered information by clicking on a button after entering data in windows.
Procedure Gateway Interfacing Adds
Coordinated multisite computing.

Analyze Sites
Crude comparison of sites Klinger's (1) and Wagmister's (2) reveals that the latter is flat. To a first glance clearly (1) employs pointers and frames, (2) does not.
Count the number of pointers shown in the (1) startup image. Count the number of pointers reachable in 1, 2, 3, ... , 10 steps or clicks from that (1) image.
Repeat above on (2), a commercial site you choose, and one frequently visited non-commercial e.g., Robins' (3), Wordsmith's (4).
Create software to measure the hyper nature of a web site.
Derive descriptive statistical measures from two of (1)-(4) and at least two others, one a commercial site, the other not business-oriented.