September 25, 2004

More firefox goodness

Writing about Firefox and go.warwick from Autology: John Dale's blog

While we're on the subject of cool things that Firefox can do that Internet Explorer can't do, here's a couple of bookmarklets that do interesting warwick-related things: Firstly a 'blog this' bookmarklet that creates a blog entry for the page you're currently viewing (some faffing is required to set it up properly – instructions provided), secondly a bookmarklet to look up a book in the warwick library (adapted from Jon Udell's OPAC bookmarklet to work with our slightly non-standard OPAC system)

They're a bit rough around the edges – feel free to improve them. Get them here .

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  1. Robert O'Toole

    Brialliant! This reminds me of something I saw at the reading/resource list software conference that I went to recently. The best feature of any of the products currently on offer was a bookmarklet that could be used to add a reference to a book listed on a page, or just the page itself, to a reading list. A simple and elegant solution to the time consuming business of building lists. The common experience is that academics hate writing reading lists, so anything to make it easier is a good thing. I think that the system demonstrated could cope with list pages generated from various library catalogue systems. I think it could also consume IMS/SCORM LOb metadata, allowing the easy referencing of them. Of course it could also just reference a web page, using its keywords and description metadata.

    So I guess what i'm implying is that for a useful reading/resource list system, all we need is the appropriate bookmarklets, and somewhere for the records to be stored. As you've already done the work of making one that works with our library system, we're heading in the right direction.

    25 Sep 2004, 19:14

  2. Robert O'Toole

    Are Firefox bookmarklets similar to IE ones?

    25 Sep 2004, 19:14

  3. Chris May

    The concept is exactly the same, but the javascript tends to be different because of the differing browser object models.

    25 Sep 2004, 19:49

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