html_score - Show complexity metric and other stats for web page
html_score [--html] [uri|file]
html_score http://perl.org html_score --html http://perl6.org
Given a URI or a file name, treats its referent as HTML and prints a complexity metric, the maximum element depth, and per-element statistics. The per-element statistics appear in rows, one per tag name. For each tag name, its row contains:
The argument to html_score can be either a URI or a file name. If it starts with alphanumerics followed by a colon, it is treated as a URI. Otherwise it is treated as file name. If the
--html option is specified, the output is written as an HTML table.
The complexity metric is the average depth (or nesting level), in elements, of a character, divided by the logarithm of the length of the HTML. Whitespace and comments are ignored in calculating the complexity metric. The division by the logarithm of the HTML length is based on the idea that, all else being equal, it is reasonable for the nesting to increase logarithmically as a web page grows in length.
Here is the first part of the output for
http://perl.org Complexity Score = 0.873 Maximum Depth = 12 Maximum Number of Size in Average Element Nesting Elements Characters Size a 1 56 3533 63 body 1 1 7615 7615 div 5 30 24695 823 em 1 1 13 13 h1 1 1 37 37 h4 1 11 559 50
With caution, the complexity metric can be used as a self-assessment of website quality. Well designed websites often have low numbers, particularly if fast loading is an important goal. But high values of the complexity metric do not necessarily mean low quality. Everything depends on what the mission is, and how well complexity is being used to serve the site's mission.
This program is a demo of a demo. It purpose is to show how easy it is to write applications which look at the structure of web pages using Marpa::HTML. And the purpose of Marpa::HTML is to demonstrate the power of its parse engine, Marpa. Marpa::HTML was written in a few days, and its logic is a straightforward, natural expression of the structure of HTML.
Copyright 2007-2010 Jeffrey Kegler, all rights reserved. Marpa is free software under the Perl license. For details see the LICENSE file in the Marpa distribution.