Consider using hypertext for your own notes: 

A Web page doesn't have to be made public on the internet. Creating Web pages is much more flexible than using bookmarks, and easier, if you count organizing bookmarks as part of the work. 
about the web notepad  - webpad tools  -  hypertext
Webpad Basics - Searches & Stuff - S&S Notes

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What Is the Web Notepad

(See also Dharma Haven's Web Workshop
and Dharma Haven's Vision

The World Wide Web developed from a program created by Dr. Tim Berners-Lee, who wanted to use hyper-links in his own research notes. Then he and his colleagues at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland set up an in-house network for resource sharing and collaborative projects (the first intranet).  Soon it had spread to the whole world. 

If you haven't started using hypertext for your own notes, think about it. A Web page doesn't have to be made public on the internet -- it could reside only on your local machine.  After you are comfortable making Web pages for your own use, it's not hard to make available on the Web anything you do that might be useful or enjoyable to people. 

Creating Web pages is surprisingly easy in a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG -- pronounced "Whizzy-Wig") editor, like the Composer module in Netscape Communicator.  We discuss software for creating basic Web pages on the Webware page of our Web Workshop.  How to create them comes on the Making Pages page.  (For those who do want to put some pages up on the public Web, that is covered on our Weblication page. Before doing too much Web publishing,  though, one might check the Guidelines page for suggestions on making them readable.) 

Our Web Notepad pages are are own version of Dr. Beners-Lees hypertext research notes.  Some of the pages are tidied up and placed on the public Web where they might be of use to others.  We think they might be useful in two ways -- as information resources and tools, and as examples of what anyone could with their own Web Notepad. 

Visitors might use some of the Web Notepad pages the same way we use them, as  resources and tools: Searches and Stuff is the opening page for our browsers, gives us quick access to any of our own pages and to many useful resources on the Web.  If we find a someplace we want to be able to get back to easily, we either put a link to it in an appropriate category on the Searches and Stuff page, if it's a generally useful resource, or on the Links and Resources page, if we think it migh be useful on one of the Dharma Haven pages. 

We don't use bookmarks much anymore, because creating Web pages is just as easy (if you count organizing the bookmarks as part of the work of using bookmarks) and a lot more flexible.

Creating Web pages is more flexible because you can't use links to organize a set of bookmarks, and any description you create for a bookmark (except for the short phrase that serves as the name of the bookmark) is in separate little folder by itself, rather than being on a page where it can be compared or worked with, together with other descriptions, headings, links and so on. 

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Wishing for an Ideal Webpad Browser / Editor 

For a long time the item at the top of our Webpad Wish List was a browser / editor that could do two things: We wanted it to switch immediately between editor mode and browser mode, without having to save the page and open another window; and we wanted it to copy the links, when copying blocks of text or images containing links. 

Before going into the details of why we think having a single program with both those abilities is so important, let's first say that -- We've found two!  AOL Press and Amaya both let you edit and browse, in the same window.  Browse to one of your pages, or any page on the Web and then just start editing. You can "author what you can browse ... and you can browse what you author."  And copying a text or image containing a link copies both the text or image and the link.  Just what the doctor ordered, but both programs have problems. Anaya is still being actively improved, byt unfortunately the work on AOLPress seems to have stopped. 

We wanted the first ability, immediate mode switching, between editor and browser, because that would allow one to enter a link into the page, in the editor, and then follow it in browser mode as soon as it was finished.  This would let one easily check the links for validity, or just use them, right away. 

Among other advantages, that would let us keep an accurate,  functional, descriptive and editable record of how we got to a resource that we think is important.  It would let us build Web resources as we use them, and use them as we build them. 

Copying both the links and the text, when copying blocks of text containing  links, and copying both the link and the image, when copying an image anchoring  a link, would make explaining how we use the Web much easier.  It would make adding parts of Web pages to other Web pages much easier. It would prevent one from having to follow an elaborate and repetitive sequence to copy an image, or a bit of text, and an associated link: (1) highlight the text in the browser and copy; (2) go to the editor and paste in the text; (3) go back to the browser and get the link; and finally, (4) go back to the editor and recreate the link. The link and the visible (text or image) element are already associated  (connected) in the HTML source document, so it should be no problem for the browser to copy both at once. 

We still using the Netscape Navigator Gold (Netscape Communicator) editor and browser combination, which granted half our wish:  If we loaded a page into the editor, we could copy links and text together in one operation, or links and images, or links, images and text together.  However, the process switching to the browser from the editor involves of saving the file and is time consiming and distracting -- activate the PREVIEW function, assure the program that yes, you do want to save the changes to the file, and wait for the file to be saved and loaded into the browser window.  Switching back to the editor from the browser is faster, but you have then often lost your place in the file and have to find it again, or at least scroll to it again, since none of your navigational links work in the editor. 

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Thinking about Hypertext

The varieties of hypertext: " The top of a hypertree should not be the most abstract view, but the most concentrated."

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