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How can I save pages of my course website?

Last update 21 December 2009; RKH

An online course shell or worksite, in eCompanion or WyoSakai, is a website, with a hierarchy of pages and processes linked to each other, rendered and presented in the browser screen when the viewer clicks on links.  Instructors, from time to time, want to save what they see on a particular screen, and can do so by copying the screen content and either (A) printing it to a file, or (B) pasting it into an HTML editor.

Here are some examples of course website pages that you might want to save (showing the greater picture only, not the specific text).

Threaded Discussion page in eCompanion

Resource list in WyoSakai

Announcement headers in WyoSakai

Background:  Web pages displayed on a screen are written (in the source code) in plain text with HTML tags and perhaps script functions.  For archival, you probably just want a snapshot of the contents, preserved as they are without any capacity for editing-- method A, printing to a file, is suitable.  For further development, you want the contents in some kind of document form, open to editing-- method B, pasting into an HTML editor, is suitable. 

 

A.  Printing Web Pages to Files

If you have Adobe Acrobat installed with the Writer component (as in Acrobat Professional), you will see a printer choice that creates PDF files.  If not, you may be able to choose "Print to file" in the Printer specifications, resulting in a ".prn" or Postscript (".ps") file.

Procedure: 

  1. Go to the page that you want, and obtain the correct view in your browser window, with the desired items open.  Hint for IE:  Use Print Preview, and choose "Only the Selected Frame."
  2. In the browser's "Print" menu, choose a PDF Writer, or choose "Print to file."
  3. Name and save that file on your own system for future reference.

 

B.  Pasting Web Pages Into an HTML Editor

Sophisticated authoring software that provides graphical interfaces with many options and enhancements, such as Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver, are intended for large managed commercial websites.  HTML editors are simpler version of authoring software; they include the old Netscape Composer and the modern Kompozer (formerly Nvu), from Mozilla.  Download Kompozer free at http://kompozer.net/download.php.  Word processors such as Microsoft Word can also serve as HTML editors, but their complex treatment and interpretation of such material can lead to complications.  Plain text editors such as Notepad will capture just the text itself (no formatting, macros, or other controls), which may be exactly what is needed.

Procedure: 

  1. Select or highlight, with the mouse (or right-click or menu or keyboard commands), "All," or the part of the page that you want, then copy it.
  2. Paste it into an open HTML editor (or Microsoft Word or Notepad) window.
  3. Save that file, using your own system, for future reference or for use as a source of future course website material.

Examples (showing Step 1):

Threaded Discussion page in eCompanion,
selected with a right-click and "Select All"

Resource list in WyoSakai,
selected by sweeping mouse over

Announcement headers in WyoSakai,
selected in one way or another

Examples (showing the resulting saved file, Step 3):

Threaded Discussion page in eCompanion,
pasted into MS Word document

Resource list in WyoSakai,
pasted into Kompozer edit window

Announcement headers in WyoSakai,
pasted into Notepad text file

Each file can be edited for more efficient storage of the material you need, or for further development. 

Example (showing the Resources in WyoSakai, after deleting extraneous columns of the table with Kompozer commands):

 

Nota bene: 

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