[webkit-dev] Save Page - Ideas

David Kilzer ddkilzer at webkit.org
Thu Oct 30 09:33:48 PDT 2008

On Thu, 10/30/08, zaheer ahmad <zaheer.mot at gmail.com> wrote:

> iam working on implementing save page functionality. Looks
> like its not
> already supported in the core.

Apple's Mac port saves ".webarchive" files.  The format is specific to the CoreFoundation framework, but there is platform-specific code that does this nevertheless.

> Following are some high
> level ideas and iam
> not sure if some or all of these are the right approaches
> to this problem
> - write the page data to the file system as and when is
> received - but this
> is not optimal since this incurs constant overhead on page
> load

Don't do this.

> - apis to retreive the source (html, js, css) and
> image/object data
> (original form) from the document. I think the
> parsers/loaders incrementally
> handle the data and throw off the parsed text - pls
> validate my
> understanding here.

There should be API to do this already.  Look at how content for .webarchive files is retrieved.

> - parse and convert all the html absolute/relative URIs to
> relative URIs on
> the file system

Bug 7211: Support save as "Web page, complete" in Firefox format

> - any other optimized storage methods - e.g. storing the
> entire page as a
> single file using multipart content

Bug 7169: Support exporting of MHTML web archives

I would strongly encourage you to reuse an existing format rather than inventing your own.  (In my opinion the Firefox format is preferred because it's readable by all web browsers.)


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