canvas. I have been working on a script which converts HTML into a canvas image. Decided today to make an implementation of it into sending feedbacks like you described.
The script allows you to create feedback forms which include a screenshot, created on the client’s browser, along with the form. The screenshot is based on the DOM and as such may not be 100% accurate to the real representation as it does not make an actual screenshot, but builds the screenshot based on the information available on the page.
It does not require any rendering from the server, as the whole image is created on the client’s browser. The HTML2Canvas script itself is still in a very experimental state, as it does not parse nearly as much of the CSS3 attributes I would want it to, nor does it have any support to load CORS images even if a proxy was available.
Still quite limited browser compatibility (not because more couldn’t be supported, just haven’t had time to make it more cross browser supported).
For more information, have a look at the examples here:
The html2canvas script is now available separately here and some examples here.
Another confirmation that Google uses a very similar method (in fact, based on the documentation, the only major difference is their async method of traversing/drawing) can be found in this presentation by Elliott Sprehn from the Google Feedback team: