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checklink: 3.9.3 beta, feedback requests

From: Ville Skyttä <ville.skytta@iki.fi>
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2004 01:01:00 +0300
To: QA Dev <public-qa-dev@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1086732060.29458.144.camel@bobcat.mine.nu>
I have committed the stuff I had on my mind for link checker 3.9.3. 
http://qa-dev.w3.org/wlc/checklink is up to date.

Regarding the beta announcement, I would like to request feedback in
particular of the following (feel free to rephrase, comment, and add
items):

- Robots exclusion standard support in the link checker.  Good or bad?

- Should the "Check linked documents recursively" checkbox be removed?
  Recursion is implicit if there's anything in the "depth" field, so
  the checkbox is sort of redundant.

Changelog since 3.9.2 is attached.  The corresponding in-a-nutshell, or
NEWS-like list (excluding command line only changes) would be something
like:

- Support for the robots exclusion standard has been added.
- Sleep 1 second between requests to servers.
- Cookie handling logic is now more robust and predictable.
- Harmonized layout with the Markup Validator.
- Do not send an Accept-Language header at all if the client did not
  send us one.  Previously, "Accept-Language: *" was sent by default.
- Miscellaneous markup, layout, and documentation improvements, minor
  bug fixes and warning cleanups.

2004-06-08  ville

	* bin/checklink.pod: Document Doc_URI and Style_URI.

2004-06-08  ville

	* docs/linkchecker.css: Remove some unused properties, and do a
	gratuitous whitespace cleanup.

2004-06-08  ville

	* bin/checklink, docs/linkchecker.css: Restore some lost CSS
	properties, and selectively sync some of the new layout stuff from
	the current markup validator.

2004-06-08  ville

	* bin/checklink: Avoid warning when no realm is given in
	WWW-Authenticate.

2004-06-08  ville

	* docs/linkchecker.css: Use JPEG versions of header and footer
	images.

2004-06-08  ville

	* bin/checklink, docs/checklink.html, docs/linkchecker.css: Remove
	the "Skip navigation" link as it is not too useful at the moment.

2004-06-02  ville

	* bin/checklink, docs/checklink.html: Add/revise accesskeys.
	(l=linkchecker,i=download/install,d=docs,m=markup validator,s=skip
	navigation)

2004-06-02  ville

	* bin/checklink: Switch to HTML 4.01 strict, and make related
	adjustments and layout consistency improvements mainly to error
	message views.

2004-06-02  ville

	* bin/checklink: Work around a bug in URI::sip(s) in URI 1.22-1.30.

	http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-validator/2004Jun/0003.html

2004-06-01  ville

	* bin/checklink: More markup improvements.

2004-06-01  ville

	* bin/checklink: Avoid error log warning when no Content-Type is
	received, improve markup.

2004-06-01  ville

	* bin/checklink, bin/checklink.pod, etc/checklink.conf: Typo and
	consistency fixes.

2004-06-01  ville

	* bin/checklink: Apply parameters from cookie only when loading the
	"front" page.  Also, only load the cookie we set (not all possibly
	sent to us), when deciding how to output the cookie options on the
	front page.  This should make the effect of the cookie more
	predictable.

2004-06-01  ville

	* bin/checklink: Avoid warning from invalid (non-numeric) recursion
	depth.

2004-05-31  ot

	* bin/checklink: fixing some silliness in my recent patches -
	thanks Ville for the catch

2004-05-31  ot

	* docs/linkchecker.css: adding style specific to linkchecker
	results

2004-05-31  ot

	* bin/checklink, docs/checklink.html, etc/checklink.conf: Changing
	the layout of checklink (script) to math the one for the
	documentation.	 - adding Style_URI configuration parameter   - The
	layout now uses default links pointing to the instance on v.w.o

2004-05-16  ville

	* bin/checklink: HTML-escape given URI in the "you cannot check
	such a URI" message.

2004-05-14  ot

	* docs/checklink.html, docs/linkchecker.css: quick attempt at
	styling link checker as the Markup Validator.  Fr the actial
	service, an idea would be to keep some of its inline style + a link
	to the stylesheet in the repository.

2004-05-10  ville

	* bin/checklink: Treat non-empty URI's "ok" again with JavaScript
	implementations without String.search().

2004-05-10  ville

	* bin/checklink: Tweak fieldset padding.

2004-05-10  ville

	* bin/checklink: Don't send Content-Script-Type as a real HTTP
	header, use <meta http-equiv> instead.	Also make uriOk() focus the
	URI field if it was not 'ok'.

2004-05-07  ville

	* bin/checklink: Use relative self-referencing URL without the
	query string for the form action.

2004-05-07  ville

	* bin/checklink: Associate all labels explicitly with their
	controls as recommended by WCAG 1.0.  Thanks to Hugo Silveira da
	Cunha for the heads up.

2004-05-03  ville

	* bin/checklink.pod: Always point to
	http://www.w3.org/2000/07/checklink for docs, small POD entity
	tweaks.

2004-04-28  ville

	* bin/checklink: Set "self URI" to
	http://validator.w3.org/checklink in command line HTML mode.
	Thanks to James Gallagher for the report.

2004-04-20  ville

	* bin/checklink, docs/checklink.html, docs/linkchecker.css: Add
	instructions how to allow us in /robots.txt, and include a link to
	it in the results.

2004-04-19  ville

	* bin/checklink: Implement "better" (yet somewhat hacky) handling
	of non-HTTP error codes, currently used for "forbidden by
	robots.txt" and "bad hostname" messages from LWP.  While at it,
	display "forbidden by robots.txt" with a light gray background (CVS
	class "dubious") instead of screaming-red-403.

2004-04-17  ville

	* t/00compile.t: Add a _very_ basic "test suite".

2004-04-12  ville

	* bin/checklink: Fix broken fragment UI (was broken in revision
	3.30).

2004-04-12  ville

	* bin/checklink: Small wording improvements.

2004-04-11  ville

	* bin/checklink: Use "(no message)" if for some reason we do not
	receive a reason phrase in the response status line.

2004-04-11  ville

	* docs/checklink.html: Redirect loops are no longer a problem with
	the link checker and libwww-perl 5.76 (but redirects to file: URLs
	still are).

2004-04-11  ville

	* bin/checklink, bin/checklink.pod, docs/checklink.html: Make sleep
	time between requests to each server configurable in command line
	use (-S/--sleep, defaults to 1 second), remove old "sleep 3 seconds
	between documents" feature, and show used settings in the results.

2004-04-11  ville

	* bin/checklink: Fix typo in results CSS.

2004-04-11  ville

	* bin/checklink: Reimplement/replace internal redirect tracking
	logic using the response chaining feature of libwww-perl
	(HTTP::Response->previous()).  Should be more robust and
	RobotUA-friendly now.

2004-04-10  ville

	* bin/checklink: Code cleanups.

2004-04-10  ville

	* bin/checklink: Eliminate a couple of recently introduced printf()
	warnings.

2004-04-10  ville

	* docs/checklink.html: RobotUA/RobotRules works for local files
	from command line in LWP 5.66+, bump the required version.

2004-04-10  ville

	* bin/checklink: Don't mask LWP's default redirect_ok()
	functionality, remove some dead code.

2004-04-09  ville

	* bin/checklink, etc/checklink.conf: New configuration parameter
	(Doc_URI) to aid local doc installations.

2004-04-09  ville

	* docs/checklink.html, docs/linkchecher.css, docs/linkchecker.css:
	Rename the doc CSS once more (to linkchecker.css).

2004-04-08  ot

	* docs/checklink.css, docs/linkchecher.css: changing name to avoid
	conneg issues

2004-04-08  ville

	* bin/checklink: Make sure default configuration options are set
	also when there is no configuration file.  D'oh!  Thanks to Rafael
	Gieschke for the report.

2004-04-07  ville

	* bin/checklink, docs/checklink.html: Initial (partial)
	implementation for support for robots exclusion standard.  The UI
	still needs some work: the results view should be fixed and some
	new configuration options (admin address, minimum delay) should be
	added.	As a side effect, we now require libwww-perl >= 5.60.

2004-04-04  ville

	* bin/checklink, bin/checklink.pod: Do not send any Accept-Language
	header by default in command line mode, and don't default to "*" in
	CGI mode either (but still use the client-supplied value if
	present).  In command line mode, -L auto now autodetects a value
	from the environment, and the -n/--noacclanguage option is
	deprecated and does nothing.

2004-04-03  ville

	* bin/checklink: Usage message improvements.

2004-04-03  ville

	* bin/checklink: Link to http://www.w3.org/2000/07/checklink for
	docs again.

2004-04-03  ville

	* bin/checklink, bin/checklink.pod: Improve the "Trusted" domain
	documentation.

2004-04-03  ville

	* bin/checklink: Compile trusted and exclude-docs regexps only
	once.

2004-04-03  ville

	* bin/checklink, bin/checklink.pod: New command line option
	(--exclude-docs) for excluding checking links in documents whose
	URIs match a regexp; thanks to Michael Ernst.  Also, some
	improvements to argument and configuration option checking and
	error reporting.

2004-04-02  ville

	* README.cvs: Fix link to the online version.

2004-04-01  ot

	* README.cvs: adding download instructions
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