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Old September 3rd, 2009, 02:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do I view an HTML page stored on the SD card?

I have copied a saved web page from my PC onto the microSD card. Is it possible to view it in the Hero browser?

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Old September 4th, 2009, 07:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Am I right in thinking that this is not possible with the built-in software? Would Astro File Manager do the job?
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yep, Astro offers you a possibility to open html file with html viewer. "Htmlviewer" renders the whole page with pictures.
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Am I right in thinking that this is not possible with the built-in software? Would Astro File Manager do the job?
Astro can display HTML but it will use other apps viewers to do it .... so Astro will look for other apps that you have installed .. and if there are appropriate viewers available ...it will offer those up for you to select which you would like to use ... to view the file.

In my case say I click on a html file i can view it with FileViewer and what i will see is the html code for the page...
if I selected HTMLViewer then of course i will see the HTML view of the page.

If you have a pdf viewer app installed and open a pdf file using ASTRO then Astro will offer to use that pdfViewer to view the pdf file....
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Thanks. I didn't know about HTMLViewer. I had googled for 'android html reader' but failed to find anything.

Next question: how do I save a web page from the browser for offline viewing?
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Thanks. I didn't know about HTMLViewer. I had googled for 'android html reader' but failed to find anything.

Next question: how do I save a web page from the browser for offline viewing?
You can do it by:
1. Bookmarking the Page
2. Open Bookmarks ...
3. Find and longpress the bookmark
4. Share the Link to your Email address.. (email to yourself)
5. open the email on a PC ...
6. then do a Save AS Html ...
7. Copy to the SDCard both the HTML and the Folder of support files that was created.
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Thanks (but what a palaver!) I wonder if this will be sorted in a future release?
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Thanks (but what a palaver!) I wonder if this will be sorted in a future release?
Acutally you can can cut out a few steps ...

While viewing the page just press the MENU Key | More | Share...

Not much of a save but few less steps....

I doubt seeing that in an update ...
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I doubt seeing that in an update ...
You don't think offline browsing will be part of Google's plans?
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or root phone and use wget from busybox?
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You don't think offline browsing will be part of Google's plans?
No i dont ... would be surprised .... then you have to say to what depth ...just the current page or how how many pages of link-depths ...memory card space consideration....
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I understand that but surely there's a need for a 'save web page' option. For example if I know that I'm going to be visiting somewhere where there may not be a phone signal it would be useful to be able to save a web page with directions and other info.
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This issue seems to be under consideration by the Android developers. See this page.
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I keep finding issues like this with android. This really is pathetic! I mean its an embarasing oversite. This is yet another feature available for a long tiime on simple handsets. I cant save a web page for off line viewing ! I would love to see an android developer rationalise leaving out such things... this is why much as I love android they have a long way to go with their half arsed development.... I give them 6 month to iron out these things then Im gonna have to go somewhere else...
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I keep finding issues like this with android. This really is pathetic! I mean its an embarasing oversite.
I've noticed this, too. I'm beginning to think of Android OS as a developer's project that somehow found its way into the mainstream. The product just seems so immature. I have to wonder if Google expected "others" (hardware vendors? cell providers? Developer "community"?) to add all the necessary "fit and finish" to their OS. They haven't, so now they (Google) are left playing catchup on a product they never intend to support long-term?? If that was not their intention, it certainly seems like it some times. Especially for a product that has to be at least 1.5 years old, if not older.
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I find myself feeling like that at times, but then I use the phone again and am reminded how good it is at so many of the basic things.
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Yes, I dont really think they are taking it seriously. I think they were hoping that they would get alot of the work done for free thus making it open source. This hasnt happened and now we have a product that wouldnt get very far in any serious evaluation . The sad thing is that there is no impetus to do much about these things as android dosent get a look in.... it has moments of genius but is pretty amateur really.
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I keep finding issues like this with android. This really is pathetic! I mean its an embarasing oversite. This is yet another feature available for a long tiime on simple handsets.
What other phones offer this kind of feature? Also it's not about the phones software the the browser. The only browser I know that allows downloading of webpages for offline viewing is Opera. And that was introduced only 2 years ago. Very recent stuff.

You might be getting your phone and a computers browser mixed up?

Don't understand why anyone would want to view any website in offline mode?
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My last two sony ericson phones did and my previous nokias. At no time did I say it was automatic ?! Im not getting anything mixed up. A browser that cannot save a web page in html with included pictures isnt worth its salt if you ask me. the reason for viewing off line is so you can brows a web page when you dont have internet access, or you dont want or need to download it again. The implementation of this would be incredably easy.
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What other phones offer this kind of feature? Also it's not about the phones software the the browser. The only browser I know that allows downloading of webpages for offline viewing is Opera. And that was introduced only 2 years ago. Very recent stuff.

You might be getting your phone and a computers browser mixed up?

Don't understand why anyone would want to view any website in offline mode?
I use offline pages all the time. I travel a lot so saving Wikitravel pages etc so I can view them on the planes/train etc is a major plus. It also means you can have apps like 'Offline wikitravel' that the iphone has.

I have started using the
Code:
content://com.android.htmlfileprovider/sdcard/
work around but it means having to save each page to the browsers bookmarks, which is a pain if you have more than a dozen or so pages.

Does anyone know of a new solution or if this will be in FroYo?
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This thread almost answers my question, as I would like to open html files on my SD card with a web browser program on my phone other than "html viewer", anyone know how to do this? Thanks
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I connect to my phone via Bluetooth using BlueSoleil. Then I can easily transfer files to and from my phone to my pc. You can load the kws android web server and serve up pages to your PC via WiFi.
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You can view .html file from your SD card, indeed i use it all the time and even code on my android phone....Astro file manager (available from android marketplace) allows you to view a whole host of file types...I sometimes create and sometimes i just view. Not sure if anyone else answered this topic, but i thought i'd put my 10p worth in
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Astro File Manager Certainly let's you view a HMTL file, but will not let you click on a link on the page to move to another page which is also stored on the SD card.
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I searched everywhere on Android Forum for the answer to this question. To view an html file saved onto the sdcard of an Android device in the default browser or any browser use "file://sdcard/pathToFile". For instance, a file called myHtml.html saved in the main directory of the sdcard would be file://sdcard/myHtml.html. If myHtml.html was saved in the "webPage" directory, than "file://sdcard/webPage/myHtml.html"

No need to uss HtmlViewer just use a browser.
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I searched everywhere on Android Forum for the answer to this question. To view an html file saved onto the sdcard of an Android device in the default browser or any browser use "file://sdcard/pathToFile". For instance, a file called myHtml.html saved in the main directory of the sdcard would be file://sdcard/myHtml.html. If myHtml.html was saved in the "webPage" directory, than "file://sdcard/webPage/myHtml.html"

No need to uss HtmlViewer just use a browser.
Works Perfect! Thanks!
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