Backlinks to Any Web Page!

by Ted Kaehler

1. You must be using Netscape 2.0.x. If you have upgraded to Netscape 3.0.x, this page will not work.

A fix for this problem was discovered by Ka-Ping Yee

I did a little investigating of why this doesn't normally work in Netscape 3.0. As it turns out, Netscape prevents the script from constructing the AltaVista query because the URL string is "tainted".

I looked at the Netscape documentation and discovered that the user can enable the "tainting" feature so that Netscape asks for confirmation rather than flat out aborting the script.

On Macintosh, you need to use the "ResEdit" utility to edit the resources in the Netscape application. Find the resource with type "Envi" and number 128 in the Netscape application and remove the two ASCII slashes "//" before the "NS_ENABLE_TAINT" text at the end of the resource.

In Windows 3.1 or 95, you need to


In Windows NT, you need to open the System Properties window from the Control Panel, choose Environment, and add a variable named "NS_ENABLE_TAINT" with value 1.

In Unix, you need to

    setenv NS_ENABLE_TAINT 1

before running Netscape.

With these settings, Ted's backlinks script *WILL* work in Netscape 3.x. I have tested this in Unix and with Windows NT.

--Ka-Ping Yee, June 15, 1997

2. Click here to make a new window.

3. Browse the web in the new window. (Keep this window open.)

4. Click this button at any time. It will show you all the pages on the web that have links to the page in the other window.


V.1.3.1 15 June 1996. Revised June 18, 1997.
For updates, see the Backlinks Page at the Foresight Institute.