Web snip folder options
Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:18:57 PM
No need to wait for official implementation - here are three ways to make and store HTML snips - complete with in-selection formatting and links (even pictures, if image has absolute URL), timestamps and source-page links.
(Be warned that snips may look quite different in scrapbook or mail draft than in their original location - because the page style which was governing them is not captured.)
- web snips stored as a mail folder: drag this to a toolbar: Snip2M Select a passage on a webpage, and click the toolbar button: an email is opened, with snipped selection and URL pasted into body, "snip" in the "To" field, and the page name in the subect field. Annotate as desired. Make a filter for this. Now you have a database of timestamped snips, searchable by Quickfind.
web snips added to a local scrapbook file:
setup: drag to toolbar: regular version: SnipToScrap; version with longer delays (1.5 seconds altogether) which may be needed for older computers: Snip300. Before use, you must save a scrapbook page to disk, bookmark it (so you can give it a nickname), and nickname it scrapbook (which is how the function calls it up). Here it is (generated by a data URL): blank scrapbook page. Click that link, then use Ctrl+s or Save on the edit menu to save to disk. Make sure to save as HTML (which is not the default). Any name and folder is OK. Then you have to close the page, and open the saved copy to make the bookmark. (If you bookmark the data-URL-generated page it will actually record the data URL, and generate a fresh blank page every time.) Bookmark it, and put scrapbook in the nickname field on the bookmark dialog.
use: just make your webpage selection and click the toolbar button.
function: the function puts the selection's HTML source on the clipboard (and adds URL and timestamp as that's done), calls up the scrapbook file (by nickname), opens that file in sourceview to paste in the snip, updates the file on disk and closes sourceview.
annotating: the function leaves the scrapbook file open in case you want to add remarks; here's a Design mode toggle for that. You can use Design Mode on any web page; after you click the toggle the cursor will change and you will be weirdly able to edit the page. However the changes are only to the on-screen (or "generated") page, and normal save doesn't capture them. Here's a SaveLocalGenerated button which does, for local pages (i.e. those located on your hard drive): SaveLocalGenerated. So click that button after annotating a snip, to get your remarks on disk.
- folder of snips as files using Lex1's more advanced, style-preserving save-onscreen-page: SaveButton (which creates a new file, will save any webpage, and saves a snip as a file if there's a selection).
Of course it takes some practise to get your head around any of these, and a while for it to become routine - but web snips are pretty useful, so you might want to give it a try.
- Opera 10 has the new ability to copy & paste snips in Design Mode; but that turned out to be less manageable than the prompt-shuttle technique. For example, you can't add a timestamp; so in the end it was better to stick to what has been available since 9.5 at least.