Annotation of bookie/www/purpose.html, revision 1.4
1.1 will 1: Bookie is a personal attempt to keep the bookmarks that I have at home
1.4 ! will 2: synced with the bookmarks I have at work, and also to have shared bookmarks.
! 4: It is an outgrowth of the bluesky <a
1.1 will 5: href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/ui/199805/bookmarks.html">good
6: bookmarking</a> and <a
8: bookmark indexing</a>. In addition, there are sites which attack this
1.4 ! will 9: problem from another angle:
! 10: <a href="http://renaghan.com/bookmarker/">Bookmarker</a> and
! 11: <a href="http://www.webwizards.net/useful/wbbm.htm">Web-Based Bookmark Managers</a>.
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13: <p>Quite frankly, bookmark management sucks. Every person I know has a
14: collection of bookmarks which have grown over months if not years. Not only
15: the bookmarks themselves but the structure of the bookmark directory is
16: critical. Yahoo's origin and real, underlying purpose is as a huge
17: collection of well organized bookmarks. Yet while it is easy to send a URL
18: over the web, sending branches or entire trees is impossible. It is
19: impossible to share the same bookmarks folder with several people, so that
20: all information can be synced over a department. And it's really hard to
21: keep bookmarks synced between several locations.
23: <p>The roaming access feature in Netscape goes in the right direction of
24: solving these problems, but RDF is the perfect answer to these problems.
25: Whenever a browser wants to see bookmarks, it can make a request to a
26: central bookmark server, and receive streamed RDF. Likewise, whenever a
27: bookmark or branch is submitted, RDF can be sent to the server and synced
28: with all the other clients.
1.2 will 30: <p> Of course, this is barely scratching the surface of what Bookie could do.
32: <p>It could invalidate useless bookmarks.
34: <p>It could keep private bookmark folders which you could only see by
35: typing a password.
37: <p>It could provide folders with multiple parents so that you could have the
38: equivalent of symlinks in folders.
40: <p>It could rearrange or delete bookmarks according to your own criteria.
42: <P>You could have limited access to bookie allowing you to add only
1.1 will 43: annotations to a bookmark, or submit links on an honor system so that the
1.2 will 44: most popular float to the top. (See
1.3 will 45: <a href="http://www.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/discovery/2000/09/rudolf/recommender.html">this paper</a>
1.2 will 46: for more information).
48: <p>You could adjust your filter so that only the oldest or the newest bookmarks
49: show up.
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