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Recursive Browsing

The features in this group should only be used on powerful client systems, especially for testing with high load conditions because the HTML of each request has to be parsed completely to identify image URLs, link URLs etc. Recursive Browsing features can result in considerable processor load on the client machine, which could result in inexact readings for the performance of the target server. Keep an eye on the processor load of the client during testing and run the test with and without these features. Compare the results to determine your client machine recursive browsing testing threshold.

By selecting Download Image URLs you instruct Webserver Stress Tool to parse all <IMG SRC=”url”> tags from the HTML code and send a request for each IMG URL to the server as soon as the complete HTML is received. If an image is used several times on the page, it is requested only once.

Enabling Download EMBED, OBJECT and FLASH also downloads these objects.

Select Show Images in Log and Show Objects in Log if you want to have a log file entry for each image in the detailed log, otherwise only one entry is generated stating how many images have been found and requested.

If your site uses HTML Frame tags you must select Download Frames/IFrames. Webserver Stress Tool then parses the HTML code for <FRAME> and <IFRAME> tags. For each Frame URL a request is sent to the server. If this frame is a frameset again, additional requests are made until no more frames are found.

Select Show Frames in Log if you want to have a log file entry for each frame in the detailed log, otherwise only one entry is generated stating how many frame have been found and requested.

Some sites use the Refresh meta tag as means of redirection. To follow these redirections select Follow “Refresh” Meta Tag. The HTML is parsed for <meta name=”refresh” content=”time;url”> tags. As soon as a tag is found, a request is sent to the server (the time value is not used). Note: HTTP header redirects are always processed.

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