Broken link in article and feedback

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by w1zard, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. w1zard

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    11
    0
    Hello
    Was just reading through this article here:

    http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_3/chpt_4/10.html

    and found the link to the Crystal Radio in the second paragraph is broken. Hopefully this can be fixed.

    I have also found when I hit one of your pages from Google, the search terms are highlighted. While this is useful for a rare word, when searching for something like 'Bias', it results in the entire document being highlighted all over, making it very difficult to read. Refreshing the page doesn't remove the highlighting.

    My solution to this would be a 'Hide highlighting' button at the top the article when this feature is activated. This way the benefit is still there, but can be hidden when it becomes intrusive. I hope you can take this feedback into consideration - keep up the great work :)
     
  2. w1zard

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    11
    0
    In addition, there is a typo in 'Kirchhoff's' name a bit further down the article :)
     
  3. bertus

    Administrator

    Apr 5, 2008
    15,649
    2,348
  4. Markd77

    Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    2,803
    594
    This is googles doing, nothing to do with this site. It normally does it when you view the google cashed version of the site, but not the actual site.
     
  5. w1zard

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    11
    0
    I'm pretty sure it is not Google doing it. I was using Chrome, but have just re-tested and it still happens in Internet Explorer (no Google Toolbar installed). I am looking at the actual page, not a cached copy (as determined from the address bar).

    For example - if you search for 'transistor biasing' in Google, a couple of results down there is an allaboutcircuits entry. Clicking this link takes you to the highlighted version in both Internet Explorer and Chrome. As far as I know Google have no influence over this, so I assume the page is extracting the keywords and highlighting them automatically.
     
  6. w1zard

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    11
    0
    Bertus - yep, that looks like the correct place for it to link to :)
     
  7. Wendy

    Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    20,766
    2,536
    Try accessing them without using a search (not bookmarked). I've never seen the effect you're talking about.
     
  8. w1zard

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    11
    0
    Just to clarify for those who have not seen the effect - I am aware I can open a 'private browsing' window to mask the search terms, or bookmark it and go back to the page. The suggestion was to help the casual users reading a page found via a search engine - some pages become very difficult to read with the highlighting applied.

    Specifically, the javascript that does this highlighting is located here on the allaboutcircuits website:

    http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/scripts/se_hilite.js

    Briefly looking over this code, it applies highlighting for all searched terms from Google, Yahoo, Ask, etc. I assume a button could be added to the pages to disable this feature on demand.

    Hope this makes it clearer! :)
     
  9. Wendy

    Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    20,766
    2,536
    Again, it is an artifact how you accessed the site, not the site itself. It is basically coming from your end, so there is very little that can be done here.
     
  10. Wendy

    Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    20,766
    2,536
    Here is how I see this site, going through the internal links (and only showing part of the article)...

     
  11. w1zard

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    11
    0
    I agree it will look normal going through the internal links. What I am referring to is the highlighting of keywords that have been searched for in a search engine. To see this effect you need to do the following:

    1) go to www.google.com
    2) search for: transistor biasing
    3) find the allaboutcircuits link in the results - around 5 or 6 down from the top
    4) click the link, and note how all the mentions of the words 'transistor' and 'biasing' are highlighted (in green and blue)

    It is this highlighting I am talking about - wholly controlled by the allaboutcircuits website through a javascript include. It is reading the 'referrer keywords' sent by google to the next clicked page (standard with webpages), and it is then highlighting them one-by-one. This is not a browser feature, is not Google's doing, but is a hard-coded feature of the allaboutcircuits website. I am hoping it can become optional, because the highlighting is intrusive when pages are found using a search engine in this way.

    I hope this is clearer.
     
  12. Wendy

    Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    20,766
    2,536
    Oh, it was clear to begin with. As we keep saying, this is an artifact that has nothing to do with this site. It is entirely caused by other software, which we have no control over. There is nothing this site can do to fix the problem.

    You are mistaken about where the problem is. My suspicion is your browser has ad ware, a mild form of malware.

    To remove them, once you've found the page, access it directly. If it still does it then your browser is infected.
     
  13. w1zard

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    11
    0
    Hi Bill
    I'm willing to accept if I am mistaken, and am just trying to help improve the site for new visitors. To humour me, what happens when you click this link? :

    http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/scripts/se_hilite.js

    This 'se_hilite' script in long-hand stands to Search Engine Highlight. If you can see this file, and it offers to download (or shows the contents), then the highlighting *is* being done by the allaboutcircuits website - specifically, by this javascript file.
     
  14. bertus

    Administrator

    Apr 5, 2008
    15,649
    2,348
    Hello,

    I think the highlighting is indeed done by the forum using the search words from google.
    I dislike google so I always use altavista as a search engine.

    Bertus
     
  15. w1zard

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 5, 2010
    11
    0
    Thanks Bertus - glad I'm not going mad! :)

    Interestingly, if you look at the script itself, it is set up to do highlighting for AltaVista searches too, but it is so old that AltaVista have changed their site and it no longer works correctly. They used to use 'aqa=' as their search query string (which is what the script looks for), but they now use 'q=' instead.

    Which I think is all the more reason to remove this outdated script from the allaboutcircuits site! Or maybe allow it to be disabled with a simple button :)
     
Loading...