LIS 523 - Freeware
Freeware required for the course
may be downloaded from the following sites.
A version of Internet Explorer is included
with various releases of Windows.
Any recent version should be adequate for this course.
If you have an older version and wish to upgrade,
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1
includes a full installation of the version of Internet Explorer
recommended for versions of Windows before XP SP2.
(Internet Explorer 7 is available only for later versions of Windows
and requires installing and running the controversial
Windows Genuine Advantage tool.)
Internet Explorer provides access to some special,
but non-essential, features
of the course SharePoint site.
Internet Explorer supports almost all,
but not all, of HTML 4;
specifically, it ignores the q tag
and the despised blink tag.
This package is not available for general redistibution by third parties.
You will need to test how your pages display in other browsers as well.
You will probably find it easiest
to download and install the browsers on your own machine,
though there are alternatives,
such as using emulation sites or employing another machine temporarily.
OpenOffice.org is based on StarOffice,
an office productivity suite purchased by Sun Microsystems in 1999.
OpenOffice.org includes a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation manager,
a drawing program,
and (starting with version 2.0)
a simple database manager
and can handle a number of common file formats.
It can be used to create simple HTML files,
but does not include a Web publishing function.
If the setup program fails,
try downloading the package again from another site.
This package may be freely redistributed
provided the copyright information is retained
as well as the link to where to obtain the source code.
Quite a big download (101,586,300 bytes),
not recommended for dial-up connections.
The GIMP is an image editor
with similar capabilities to PhotoShop.
The Windows version has been ported from the original Unix/Linux version,
and, perhaps as a result,
the interface is a little odd in places.
GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program.
You must download and install GTK+
before installing the GIMP.
Administrator privileges are required to install these packages properly.
Note that you also need to download and install the help files separately.
the GNU license requires also redistributing
all the source code
or offering to provide it on demand.
This source code is not included with the normal download,
but is available elsewhere
A couple of moderately large downloads
(7,613,870 bytes for GIMP,
3,639,340 bytes for GTK+,
plus a similar amount for the help files if desired).
Balthisar Cascade 2.0 is quite a comprehensive HTML stylesheet editor.
It uses its own file format
and does not work directly on HTML, CSS, and XML files,
though it allows importing and exporting.
Note that exporting to a CSS file sometimes fails
for no apparent reason;
you should check your folder to make sure the CSS file
has really been created
and use the recommended workaround if you continue to have problems.
This version is freeware,
released for evaluation and feedback,
but later versions may not be;
so you should download the currrent version as soon as possible.
Reproduction rights are reserved by the author.
A modest-sized download (1,449,188 bytes).
XRefHT32 and TheW32
XRefHT32 contains various tools
to assist in the creation of simple Web indexes.
TheW32, which may be used as a companion to XRefHT32
for automatic term selection
and cross-reference generation,
is a thesaurus management program
which has been used for many years
in teaching thesaurus construction.
Both XRefHT32 and TheW32 may be freely redistributed.
A couple of moderate-sized downloads
(2,055,950 bytes and 2,005,642 bytes).
Xenu's Link Sleuth
Xenu's Link Sleuth is a link checker.
In addition to hot links in both anchors and local image maps,
it can check references to images, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds,
stylesheets, scripts, and Java applets.
Sorting by different criteria is supported,
as are reports in HTML format,
which can include site maps.
Note that, when you choose to generate a report
when Internet Explorer is not running,
Xenu's Link Sleuth may start Internet Explorer,
but Internet Explorer may fail to open the report automatically.
This offering of the course has no assignment requiring Link Sleuth,
but you may find it a handy tool for evaluating Web sites
and creating your own.
Reproduction rights are reserved by the author,
but it appears that this product is intended to remain freeware.
A short download (544,962 bytes).
Other Free Web Browsers
Last updated July 19, 2007.
This page maintained by
Prof. Tim Craven
E-mail (text/plain only): firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Information and
University of Western
Canada, N6A 5B7