Data cannot be saved directly to the local disk from the browser. Instead, you must either use CGI to save it to another computer or save it to a second browser window. CGI is not an easy option for most researchers, but spawning a second browser window for data storage is relatively easy.

In this case, frames are being used to save data to a second browser window. Saving to a frame was done for demonstration purposes only; in a real experiment, one would want to spawn a separate window which is hidden under the stimulus window. A most preferable method is to use the multiple display device capabilities of Windows 95, whereby the subject uses a separate monitor from the researcher's console monitor with data window.

With the data written to a window such as this, it can be cut and pasted to a word processor such as WordPad on a PC. Once saved to WordPad, it can then be saved to disk. Practice cutting and pasting now:


Hold down the left mouse button while dragging the mouse across this text. This will "block" the text that you want to copy. To copy a very long block of text, such as this window, start blocking the text at the top, and then let go of the button. Now use the scroll bar to move down to the bottom of the text. Position the mouse pointer at the end of the text you wish to block. Finish blocking on a PC by pressing the SHIFT keyboard key first and then pressing the left mouse button. The full text should now be blocked.

To copy, use the EDIT from the top browser menu bar, and then select paste. On a PC, an easier way to copy the blocked text is to use the keyboard - press the CONTROL key and then press C.

Open WordPad or your favorite word processor. Select the menu item EDIT then paste to paste the copied text into the word processor, or, on a PC, use the keyboard - press the CONTROL key and then press V. Now save to disk.