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How to check if a hyperlink is active?

gromul asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-17
How do I programmatically check if a hyperlink is active?

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I'm not sure on what you mean by active.  Do you want to do some process before they navigate from the current page?

... Is that what you're looking for?


Is there a way to check for dead links without actually opening a web browser?
Not that I know of. Why do you need to?

Is it on your own site? Like writing a script to test what pages have dead links with a webcrawler?
You can retrieve the directory content and do a bredthfirst search for all the files in the chosen directory. So you're in http://www.mysite.com/amin/testpage.html
you get the directory listings at ~/admin/ and find if testpage.html is in that listing.

i think the simplest way is to open a hidden browser in the background of your application and retrieve the data and analysis it to see whether its an alive link or dead link,
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