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Re: Perl Programming Logic

by perigeeV (Hermit)
on Jul 01, 2002 at 19:08 UTC ( #178644=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl Programming Logic

To accurately track a person's click path you need more than logs. Log information cannot differentiate between users sharing a proxy, or different users that have been sequentially assigned the same communal IP adddress, like a dialup ISP user.

You can assign a session ID to a user and track that ID number. Super Search for "maintaining state" or some such.

To really know how long someone is viewing a page you would have to use a client refresh at timed intervals. For instance, you could have some javascript that updates a dummy one-pixel image at regular intervals. The refresh would include that users unique ID, thus you just sum the times between each refresh.

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