- From: "Jonathan N. Little" <lws4art@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 13:39:05 GMT
dorayme wrote: <snip>
But I sense that you are wanting to have a file that is the web page itself somehow, in it's full expression. When you double click this one file with no pic files or any others needed, it opens in a browser in its full glory. Fine.
This is pretty much what happens when you save a web page in *some* browsers. The browsers that have this capability ask you whether you want to save the HTML itself or as a "web archive". Different browsers do it different. For example, my IE 5 for a Mac asks this and has its secret formula for doing it. You get a file that embeds all, there are no associated files, no distinguishable pic files, html text files, css files. It is all in a top secret proprietary coca cola formulae. It is quite neat. The advantages are not great though, more a curiosity (there are some pros and some cons).
So, you could open your original html in a browser like IE 5 for the Mac, it will find the picture and display it. You could then save as a web archive. You then could throw out your pic or move the web archive to a CD and play it on another computer and your pic and all will appear. You can recover the original files by looking and saving the source code and saving the pics etc (the reverse). One little curiosity is that you cannot easily recover any linked css file! Even though it has been plainly taken into account. IE Mac developers have been thinking hard and have done something quite clever and not a little untransparent!
Some browsers merely save all the files when you want to save the whole web page (or site, I will leave this complication out). For example, my WaMCom Mozilla open source 1.3 calls it saving as a "Web page, complete". Now what happens here is different to IE, here the program simply saves the html and puts pics and linked css files in a folder (just one level under the html) - basically and approximately recovering the sort of arrangement that the web designer had on his computer. Here there would be no advantage for you given that you perhaps see an advantage in the "all embedded" secret technology of MS in IE.
Personally I like the way Mozilla does it because it is more transparent and saves you work when you want to get all the files (to save and learn from or change them, perhaps offline).
It is maybe rather different in the PC world. It is an interesting matter though.
If you are looking for the single file option, MSIE saves in a single-file archive format MHT. It is a MS format so compatibility is an issue. Mozilla has it own single-file archive format MAF. Installing the extension does also allow reading of the MHT format, but this may not be an answer for all browsers.
Maybe an HTML document is not what you want, but something more like an Adobe Acrobat PDF, or since this is to be on disk abandon the web page concept entirely and do a PowerPoint presentation!
-- Take care,
Jonathan ------------------- LITTLE WORKS STUDIO http://www.LittleWorksStudio.com .