Internet Tutorials | John Faughnan | Robert Elson
Netscape and Internet Explorer both provide facilities for "bookmarking" web sites. Bookmarks record a web page's name and URL (address) to allow easy return to the same site. Bookmarks may be organized in outline form, within folders. In practice, this is a good way to handle up to 200 to 300 bookmarks.
In addition to the standard way of handling bookmarks, there have been several vendors providing more advanced bookmarking. Many products have come and gone within the past year. Although these more advanced tools are appealing, it might be frustrating to have several hundred bookmarks stored in an application that stops being supported and updated.
Other vendors have produced products that can automatically transfer a web site to one's local disk, or that can check web sites for changes and then transfer them. Some of these features are being built into newer versions of web browsers.
Product features generally fall into these categories:
CNet reviewed offline browsers and notifiers. They liked Smart Bookmarks 2.0 from First Floor Software. Their full review can be read at: http://www.cnet.com/Content/Reviews/Compare/Offline/
I've found that bookmark management requires more than one approach. I use Netscape's built-in bookmarks (also called a Hot List) for URLs I use very frequently. I also use the Netscape bookmarks for URLs that I will use for a short time then discard. Some URLs, such as www.microsoft.com, I just memorize. Several hundred are stored in my personal database (Smart Bookmarks would be similar), along with descriptions, rankings, keywords, etc. My personal approach can be summarized like this:
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