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  1. HMishkoff

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    'd like to view a website from local storage, using the Browser (not the HTML Viewer), is that possible?
    I transferred the site to a USB flash drive and plugged it in, thinking I could access it something like this:

    file:///usb/index.html

    But if that's possible, I couldn't figure out the syntax.

    So I used the File Manager to transfer the site to an internal directory, and then tried to access it something like this:

    file:///MyDirectory/index.html

    But that didn't work either.

    Is this a URL syntax problem, or is it not possible to do what I'm trying to do?
     

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  2. HMishkoff

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    Replying to my own question...

    I've discovered that this syntax works as a URL in the Thrive's browser:

    file:///sdcard/myFolder/myPage.html

    It's not rendering the page exactly the way I expected it to, but that might just be differences between FireFox (my development browser) and Chrome. And it's not playing my video, but I'm thinking that I might be able to resolve that issue by using HTML5 syntax for the video.
     
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    interesting - am trying to do the same thing (view our websites when out of wifi).

    don't have an sd card yet (on its way), so transferred files to a new internal folder, and found simply tapping a html and 'open in html viewer' gave an error / couldn't open. will try later with your syntax, but i have to say i would have thought this wasn't exactly rocket science to do something so simple....

    why is it so difficult doing what any self-respecting browser on and os will do automatically?

    and again, thanks for answering your own question here ;-)
     
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    Well, I guess I should have come back with another update, because my technique worked for a little while, then I downloaded a software update and it stopped working. :(
     
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    well i finally sorted it out - installed firefox and bingo, open any html anywhere (sd or internal).

    seems the default browsers pretty lame......
     
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    I use both the Opera and Firefox browsers. Opera has a nice feature that allows you, while working in the browser, to save a page to read off line. Haven't tried it, but it's one-touch from the main screen accessible.

    You might also like an app called Read It Later which I use all the time on my desktop (but haven't needed yet on my Thrive) that also downloads pages to read later. I use it primary as a bookmarking shortcut.

    So yeah, much better options than the default browser.
     

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