Fact200
An Internet Research Tool

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Fact200 is currently free. It generates no revenue. All sponsored links are propagated from their respective sources with no commission.

Q: Why do some pages appear broken, blank, or with missing images?

A: The simple answer is that some webpages use tricks in order to display themselves and these tricks don't work in the Fact200 browsing environment. The long answer is that Fact200 disables javascript and ActiveX in its browsing environment. Not only does this speed up page loading, it also avoids exotic advertising and most security exploits. Fact200 also renders from its local copy in order to conserve bandwidth. This potentially breaks images that require referer references or that are accessed through redirects. Previews with broken images can be re-rendered correctly by holding the ctrl key while choosing 'Reload Image' from the results menu. Another reason pages may appear blank is that they rely on some form of rich content like movies or flash.

Q: Why doesn't Fact200 generate a preview for some links?

A: Fact200 currently only processes text based documents like HTML. PDF files are not currently supported. If there is enough interest, support for PDFs will be added in a future version. MS Word and MS Powerpoint documents are in the same boat.

Q: How do I integrate site xyz with Fact200?

A: Fact200 offers various methods of integration through its built in sources. The easiest way is to leverage the google or yahoo sources and configure the site parameter. If the site publishes RSS feeds, you can use the rss source.

If you have a site with its own search capabilities you can also use the xml source which will allow you to supply your own search results. Documentation about the xml spec can be found here. It is also the only open method through which sites can provide their own Sponsored Links.

Q: But what if I am not affiliated with site xyz and it doesn't publish in rss and is not indexed in google?

A: These sites need to be custom parsed. Unfortunately, the only way for this to happen is for me to hand write the code. You can try to post a request in the forums and if there is enough demand, it might appear in a future version.

An alternative, if you are technically inclined, is to write a middleware parser that relays a query to the site and translates the results into a format that Fact200 supports. Currently, the best target format is either rss or Fact200's proprietary xml format.