Make Your Vine Archive Accessible & Future-Proof

Well, make it accessible at least. Context:

Step 1: Capture the Rendered HTML

Open your browser developer tools and copy the entire thing into a plain HTML text file. Be sure to add the <!DOCTYPE html> that you probably could not capture.

Screen shot of the Chrome dev tools alongside the Vine archive page.
Screen shot showing the overall HTML to copy.

Step 2: Capture the Posts From Each Page

This is a bit more labor intensive, as it means you need to click each “page” in the navigation bars and then capture part of it. In this case, find the node <ul class="PostList"> and capture it and everything in it. Then paste it at as the next sibling to the <ul class="PostList"> entries you already have in your static file (paste it after). Repeat for each “page” until you have them all.

Screen shot of the Chrome dev tools alongside the Vine archive page.
Screen shot showing just the post elements to copy.

Step 3: Remove the Top Navigation

Now that you have completed the heavy lift you can kill the navigation bars. Find <div class="DisplayOptions"> and remove the entire thing. My solution does not do sorting anyway so you will not need to keep the sorting options nested in there.

Screen shot of the Chrome dev tools alongside the Vine archive page.
Screen shot showing the top navigation element to remove. Make sure you do this in your text editor, though. This image is just to show you where it might live and how it will look.

Step 4: Remove the Bottom Navigation

Now find <ul class="Pagination"> and remove it and all its children as well.

Screen shot of the Chrome dev tools alongside the Vine archive page.
Screen shot showing the bottom navigation element to remove. Make sure you do this in your text editor, though. This image is just to show you where it might live and how it will look.

Step 5: Prevent Hover Play and Repeated Content on Page Load

You may notice that the page still draws the first set of posts at the bottom of everything, with the navigation you thought you killed (if you put something like #4 in the URL then it will show you all the videos that belong on the former page 4). So go into that mad nest of script and find var currentPage=parseInt(Number(window.location.hash.slice(1)),10);. Immediately after it add var currentPage=0;. That will short circuit everything and does the job well enough at 10pm on a weeknight. This also kills that offensive play-on-hover feature of every video on the page.

Screen shot of the Chrome dev tools alongside the Vine archive page.
Screen shot showing the awful script block and where to find the highlighted code. Make sure you do this in your text editor, though. This image is just to show you where it lives.

Step 6: Add Video Player Controls

Last bit of HTML editing. Do a search and replace, finding every instance of <video and replace it with <video controls.

Screen shot of the Chrome dev tools alongside the Vine archive page.
Screen shot showing an example video node and how the player controls are visible on the corresponding thumbnail in the browser. Again, do this in your own HTML, not in the browser dev tools.

Step 7: Rejoice and Remember

Enjoy your imperfect but totally serviceable page that requires no script and no CSS to function. Maybe also take this opportunity to remind yourself that you do not need to jury-rig list items to behave as links and jack up the URL because your framework does not know how to paginate properly.

Screen shot of the Chrome dev tools alongside the Vine archive page.
Screen shot showing how your sweet, sweet, pointless victory might look. Even though that is mine.

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