Recently, I’ve been playing around with writing Firefox extensions to add toolbar buttons that allow me to add a couple of simple tools I’d like to see on my toolbar. More on that soon, but in the process I’ve written a couple of bookmarklets to test some of my ideas. So my next couple of posts will be about bookmarklets. Here’s one to get started.
First of all, I call these things “bookmarklets”. I use Firefox for my main browser, which has a bookmark manager. Most people will be familiar with the Favorites menu/folder/sidebar in Internet Explorer. I never even used Favorites when Internet Explorer was my main browser, so they’ve never been “Favelets” to me.
Web designers and developers in particular started using them to make frequent tasks easier. For example, you could program one to resize your browser window to a variety of screen resolutions. Some designers still use bookmarklets for such tasks. Personally, I use Firefox with Chris Pederick’s Web Developer toolbar or Internet Explorer with the AIS Web Accessibility Toolbar which cover many of my common tasks. Other bookmarklets can help general browsing. For example, Movable Type uses bookmarklets to make it easy for you to publish to your blog when you stumble across something that inspires you while browsing.
How to use bookmarklets
I can’t write no stinkin’ bookmarklet!
Steve Kangas’ bookmarklets.com has a vast library of bookmarklets to get you started, and our good friend Tantek Çelik has a few favelets. Also, those Web developers out there who haven’t yet heard of the slayeroffice Favelet Suite really should go and check them out.
More to come