Annotation of bookie/www/purpose.html, revision 1.5
1.5 ! will 1: <p>
! 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>
! 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>
! 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>
! 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>
! 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>