Annotation of bookie/www/purpose.html, revision 1.5

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        !             2:  Bookie is a personal attempt to keep the bookmarks that I have at home
        !             3:  synced with the bookmarks I have at work, and also to have shared bookmarks.  
        !             4: </p>
        !             5: 
        !             6: <p>
        !             7:  It is an outgrowth of the bluesky <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/ui/199805/bookmarks.html">good
        !             8:  bookmarking</a> and <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/blue-sky/misc/199805/collaborative-bookmark-index.html">collaborative
        !             9:  bookmark indexing</a>.  In addition, there are sites which attack this
        !            10:  problem from another angle: 
        !            11:  <a href="http://renaghan.com/bookmarker/">Bookmarker</a> and 
        !            12:  <a href="http://www.webwizards.net/useful/wbbm.htm">Web-Based Bookmark Managers</a>.
        !            13:  The most promising competitor to Bookie is probably
        !            14:  <a href="http://www.collaboration-world.com/cgi-bin/collaboration-world/project/index.cgi?pid=1">Xbelette</a>, 
        !            15:  which has a very nice user interface although I haven't tried it myself.
        !            16: </p>
        !            17: 
        !            18: <p>
        !            19:  Quite frankly, bookmark management sucks.  Every person I know has a
        !            20:  collection of bookmarks which have grown over months if not years.  Not only
        !            21:  the bookmarks themselves but the structure of the bookmark directory is
        !            22:  critical.  Yahoo's origin and real, underlying purpose is as a huge
        !            23:  collection of well organized bookmarks.  Yet while it is easy to send a URL
        !            24:  over the web, sending branches or entire trees is impossible.  It is
        !            25:  impossible to share the same bookmarks folder with several people, so that
        !            26:  all information can be synced over a department.  And it's really hard to
        !            27:  keep bookmarks synced between several locations.
        !            28: </p>
        !            29: 
        !            30: <p>
        !            31:  The roaming access feature in Netscape goes in the right direction of
        !            32:  solving these problems, but RDF is the perfect answer to these problems.
        !            33:  Whenever a browser wants to see bookmarks, it can make a request to a
        !            34:  central bookmark server, and receive streamed RDF.  Likewise, whenever a
        !            35:  bookmark or branch is submitted, RDF can be sent to the server and synced
        !            36:  with all the other clients.
        !            37: </p>
        !            38: 
        !            39: <p>
        !            40:  Ergo, Bookie.  It's a crude work in progress, but it teaches me a lot about what
        !            41:  I should be doing, and lets me read and understand code written by people way 
        !            42:  smarter than me.
        !            43: </p>

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