Assume that some authors and users have already accessed the 'Encyclopedia: Encarta' content. To explore this activity you proceed in the following way.
Requesting an auditing log
Popup the menu of the ‘Encyclopedia: Encarta’ folder (or any of its dependants). The ‘Auditing’ menu item shows the corresponding auditing rules in its submenu. If you select one of the sub items a window will open to show you an overview of all the triggered events defined in that auditing rule and related to 'Encyclopedia: Encarta'.
A project's auditing log
You can sort this list by clicking on the header columns. In this way you can select a range of log items related to for example a time period or a specific author.
By clicking on the ‘Save as’ button you can save all or a selective part of the log to an XML or a TXT file.
Saving the auditing log
The XML file can then be used to perform the post process written by your own staff. The TXT file can be opened by some other applications such as MicroSoft’s Excell. Below is an example of a HelpServer event log output opened in an Excell worksheet.
Auditing log in an Excell worksheet
The data is then transformed into a pivot chart.
Auditing log in a pivot chart
If you are working as an administrator then probably the 'Auditing' root item will be available in the Workbench tree. It contains all the available auditing rules.
Requesting the auditing log on an auditing rule
If you request the auditing on such a rule object you get an overview of all the log items related to one specific auditing rule. Here in our example this approach won't make any difference because the auditing rule is used in one project. But should you want to reuse the same auditing rule in other projects then you would see the auditing log of all the projects in which the auditing rule is involved. This can be resource consuming and therefore we do not recommend this approach. We advise you to create at least one auditing rule per project and to request the auditing logs on the project folder or its dependants.