Sometimes it's easier to describe a product in terms of what it
is not. WIT is not:
An Offline Browser
Applications built with WIT can certainly
run "offline" on a server or as a standalone application.
However, WIT applications retrieve specific data elements within
a Web page for further processing. Offline browsers load down
complete Web pages for later perusal by an end user with a regular
A Java Development Environment
While WIT generates Java
classes, and provides editing facilities for the text files it
works with, it does not provide programming tools such as a debugger,
full source code editor or compiler. It does work very well together
with Symantec Cafe and other JDE products.
An HTML Screen-Scraper or "Web-Scraper"
HTML output is highly structured. Because WIT includes a
built-in HTML parser, WIT is able to understand and exploit this
structure - as well as any browser can. Furthermore, with WIT,
HTML documents can be fully self-describing. This makes
comparisons with so-called screenscrapers invalid.
A Threat to Content Providers
See Notes for Webmasters
if you're curious about this.
The beta release is available for download now, and is free for
evaluation and other non-commercial use. The WIT 1.0 production
release will be available in December.
For commercial use, the WIT SitePak is available immediately,
and offers a flexible package of site license, training and support,
plus a full year of upgrades (including the December production
Options for unbundled and unsupported product licenses will be
announced prior to the production release.
Since WIT itself is fully Java-powered, it runs on all platforms
for which the Java Development Kit is available, including Windows95/NT,
Solaris, AIX, Linux and Macintosh.
WIT requires version 1.0.2 of the JDK. (It also runs tolerably well on the
Linux JDK 1.0.1 port.)
If you don't have the JDK installed on your system, you can obtain
it for Windows95/NT and Solaris at java.sun.com. They also have
links to the JDK on other platforms.
Go ahead - download it now! For a limited time, it's free ...
subject to our licensing terms, of course.
Want to know more? Take a look at any or all of the following.
WIT Technical Description
WIT Reference Manual