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Wed Nov 29 11:04:38 2000 UTC (18 years, 7 months ago) by will
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    1: Bookie is a personal attempt to keep the bookmarks that I have at home
    2: synced with the bookmarks I have at work, and a way of solving my
    3: frustrations in sharing bookmarks with other people over computers.  It also
    4: is an outgrowth of the bluesky <a
    5: href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/ui/199805/bookmarks.html">good
    6: bookmarking</a> and <a
    7: href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/misc/199805/collaborative-bookmark-index.html">collaborative
    8: bookmark indexing</a>.  In addition, there are sites which attack this
    9: problem from another angle: <a href="http://renaghan.com/bookmarker/">Bookmarker</a> and <a href="http://www.webwizards.net/useful/wbbm.htm">Web-Based Bookmark Managers</a>.
   10: 
   11: <p>Quite frankly, bookmark management sucks.  Every person I know has a
   12: collection of bookmarks which have grown over months if not years.  Not only
   13: the bookmarks themselves but the structure of the bookmark directory is
   14: critical.  Yahoo's origin and real, underlying purpose is as a huge
   15: collection of well organized bookmarks.  Yet while it is easy to send a URL
   16: over the web, sending branches or entire trees is impossible.  It is
   17: impossible to share the same bookmarks folder with several people, so that
   18: all information can be synced over a department.  And it's really hard to
   19: keep bookmarks synced between several locations.
   20: 
   21: <p>The roaming access feature in Netscape goes in the right direction of
   22: solving these problems, but RDF is the perfect answer to these problems.
   23: Whenever a browser wants to see bookmarks, it can make a request to a
   24: central bookmark server, and receive streamed RDF.  Likewise, whenever a
   25: bookmark or branch is submitted, RDF can be sent to the server and synced
   26: with all the other clients.
   27: 
   28: <p> Of course, this is barely scratching the surface of what Bookie could do
   29: -- it could invalidate useless bookmarks, keep a cache of bookmarks for
   30: you... it could keep private bookmark folders which you could only see by
   31: typing a password... It could provide folders with multiple parents so that
   32: you could have the equivalent of symlinks in folders... It could rearrange
   33: or delete bookmarks according to your own criteria (popularity, last
   34: updated)... You could have limited access to bookie allowing you to add only
   35: annotations to a bookmark, or submit links on an honor system so that the
   36: most popular float to the top...  You could adjust your filter so that only
   37: the oldest or the newest bookmarks show up.
   38: 
   39: <p>
   40: <ul>
   41: 	<li>The server is done, although it still is read-only.  
   42: 	<li>You can import bookmarks into the database via a <a href="#script">perl script</a>.
   43: 	<li>You can read bookmarks out of the <a href="#server">server</a>, using the included <a href="#client">client</a>.
   44: </ul>
   45: 
   46: The mozilla client will connect to the server, but I've had some troubles
   47: getting the RDF from the server synced up with the user interface.  
   48: 
   49: <p>Will Sargent <a href="mailto:will_sargent@yahoo.com"><will_sargent@yahoo.com></a>.
   50: 
   51: <hr>
   52: 
   53: <a name="server">/scripts/server.bat, assuming you have the database up and working...
   54: <p>
   55: <a name="script">/scripts/perl/importdb.pl
   56: <p>
   57: <a name="client">/scripts/client.bat
   58: 

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