Browser favorites and bookmarks?

Subject: Browser favorites and bookmarks?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 08:43:59 -0500

Edwin Wurster wonders: <<When researching a subject on the internet, how do
you organize important URL's that you've visited? I've downloaded a few
utilities and tried them, but nothing I've seen so far really helps.>>

I add the urls to the Favorites menu of my browser until I have time to do
something about them. Once I have a few minutes, I add them to an HTML page
I've created that organizes all my bookmarks hierarchically (e.g., under
subheadings for "dictionaries", "computers", etc.). Some day when I have an
hour, I'll reorganize this into something more efficient, but it works just
fine now as a link repository. Create that Web page in any manner that suits
you: use Dreamweaver, a text editor, or whatever. Just make sure it's more
or less standard HTML so you can open it in any HTML software.

Advantages: You can customize and annotate the list of links in any way you
like, limited only by your imagination and your HTML skills. No utility
offers that flexibility. Best of all, you can back up the file to a floppy
disk, e-mail it to your home computer, send it to friends, and otherwise
move it around in an instant (e.g., to show off your coding skills at an
interview). Add to this the fact that most browsers let you set a file on
your hard disk to be your default home page, and you have a perfect
situation: launch your browser, and you're automatically looking at your
most up-to-date list of favorites.

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
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