Here's a picture of a Clay Basket outline used to store a large list of websites:
To the left of each line is a wedge that tells you whether an item has sub-heads or if it links to a spot on the WorldWide Web.
If it's a black wedge, that means it has subheads that are not expanded. If you double-click on the bullet the subheads expand. The bullet turns to a light blue wedge after the line is expanded.
If the wedge is red that means that it has a URL linked to it. You can view and edit the URL using the Edit Location command in Clay Basket's Website menu, cmd-T. A modeless window opens, which you can leave open as you browse thru an outline:
After you've made a change, click on Update to link the new URL into the outline. If you make a mistake, bring the outline to the front and move to a different line.
How the Outliner Works
The outliner in Clay Basket is the same outliner as the one in Frontier. It behaves exactly the same way. Check out the Outliner Crib Sheet page for details.
Recording as you Surf
There are two really big bookmark editing features in Clay Basket: recording and editing Netscape's Bookmarks file. For either of these features to work, you must be running Netscape version 1.1 or greater.
Choose Start Recording from Clay Basket's Web menu. A new outline window opens, called Recorded Bookmarks. Bring Netscape to the front, and browse. Every web page you visit appears in the outline. When you're finished recording, choose Stop Recording from the Web menu.
You can select multiple lines with shift-click, and then Copy-Paste sets of recorded bookmarks into any Clay Basket file, including the Netscape Bookmarks file.
Editing the Netscape Bookmarks file
Netscape 1.1 keeps the contents of your Bookmarks menu in a file called Bookmarks.html in a sub-folder of the Preferences folder in your System Folder. Clay Basket can edit this file as an outline and then save the result back so that Netscape will read it next time it launches.
When Clay Basket launches, it automatically opens Bookmarks.html. You can edit the file, paste in recorded bookmarks, reorganize it, and then choose Save from the File menu to save your changes to the Preferences folder. You don't have to navigate thru a file dialog to do any of this, which is cool (I think...).
To get Netscape to recognize your changes, you'll have to quit Netscape and then relaunch it. They can do better over at Netscape Corp, and we hope they add a feature for on-the-fly updating of the Bookmarks menu. It's especially painful because Netscape takes so long to quit and relaunch.
Anyway, that's why there's a special command in the Web menu just for this purpose, it's called Relaunch Netscape. Choose it whenever you've made changes to Bookmarks.html and want Netscape's menu bar to reflect those changes.
There are two options in the Preferences dialog in the Netscape sub-menu of the Gems menu, that allow you to decide if you want the Bookmarks file to open automatically, or if you want Netscape to automatically launch when you launch Clay Basket.