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Old 02-21-2010, 06:57 AM   #1
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Default MHTML Web Archive (mht file extension)

For those who overlooked it, the MHTML web archive is a single file archive of a web page. And as we know, another way to do this is via Acrobat to PDF. But as far as I know, this can only be done easily if Acrobat knows how to add a button to your browser. Otherwise you have to print to PDF, which doesn't save the page as it is, but instead breaks it up as if it is printing to paper.

The MHTML format is not supported on all browsers.

BTW, if someone knows how to add a PDF button to Opera so I don't have to print to pdf, I'm all ears.

Attached is an MHT file of this forum.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:50 AM   #2
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This should do it: http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/pdf-browser.aspx

   
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Well done, Bo: that looks excellent (apart from the mis-spelling of Extension on their website!)

Mht files are a great way of saving a web page with the layout and images in place, but they only work with IE.

Saving the page as a PDF (as long as it works properly) is much better because the file size is smaller and you can print it with a reasonable chance of getting the thing on the page. Mind you, I think the button calls a website, so there might be security aspects.

   
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Saving the page as a PDF (as long as it works properly) is much better because the file size is smaller and you can print it with a reasonable chance of getting the thing on the page
If you have Acrobat, you get the ability thrown in free; but I can't remember if you have to have the browser already installed when you instal Acrobat.

   
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Acrobat will convert a webpage to PDF from itself, rather than in the browser.
File >Create PDF > From webpage.

Wikipedia, as ever, gives a lot of useful info about MHTML and those browsers that support it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MHTML

I'd either make a PDF of the page, or use a "SiteSucker" app to rip the data from the website, and then store it locally. Possibly zipped.
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Acrobat will convert a webpage to PDF from itself, rather than in the browser
Your comment puzzles me: how can you see a web-page other than in a browser? Internet Explorer has an Adobe icon, which one clicks to convert the page to PDF.

   
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The problem with doing it from within Acrobat is the same problem as printing to Acrobat. It can't just leave it as it is. It forces page sizes into the equation.
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>>> but they only work with IE.

Shhhh. I don't want my copy of Opera to hear you.

   
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The MHTML format is supported on Mac OS by Microsoft Internet Explorer and Opera. On Windows it's Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox with the Mozilla Archive Format extension.
The last version of MSIE that ran in Mac OS is 5.2.3, whose last update was 10 years ago. So far as I know, it doesn’t run in modern versions of Mac OS, so it appears only Opera is capable of generating an MHTML file on the Mac (if indeed it is able).

Seems that MHTML is related to ActiveX, which is an alien life form on the Mac.

Mac Safari does save web archives, however. They are marked with the page name plus .webarchive. I don’t see any sign that they can be read in Windows or by other browsers on the Mac (except one or two Mac-only browsers, anyway). There are Mac translators for the .mht files, however.

   
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Thanks, Kathleen. It looks like a checked an unreliable source. I modified my message.
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