Annotation of bookie/www/purpose.html, revision 1.6
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.
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
1.6 ! will 9: bookmark indexing</a>.
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! 12: <p>
! 13: In addition, there are sites which attack this
! 14: problem from another angles:
1.5 will 15: <a href="http://renaghan.com/bookmarker/">Bookmarker</a> and
1.6 ! will 16: <a href="http://www.webwizards.net/useful/wbbm.htm">Web-Based Bookmark Managers</a>. The most promising competitor to Bookie is probably
1.5 will 17: <a href="http://www.collaboration-world.com/cgi-bin/collaboration-world/project/index.cgi?pid=1">Xbelette</a>,
1.6 ! will 18: which has a very nice user interface although I haven't tried it myself.
! 19: You may also wish to try
! 20: <a href="http://olbookmarks.sourceforge.net/">olbookmarks</a>, which is a Mozilla sidebar thingy.
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24: Quite frankly, bookmark management sucks. Every person I know has a
25: collection of bookmarks which have grown over months if not years. Not only
26: the bookmarks themselves but the structure of the bookmark directory is
27: critical. Yahoo's origin and real, underlying purpose is as a huge
28: collection of well organized bookmarks. Yet while it is easy to send a URL
29: over the web, sending branches or entire trees is impossible. It is
30: impossible to share the same bookmarks folder with several people, so that
31: all information can be synced over a department. And it's really hard to
32: keep bookmarks synced between several locations.
36: The roaming access feature in Netscape goes in the right direction of
37: solving these problems, but RDF is the perfect answer to these problems.
38: Whenever a browser wants to see bookmarks, it can make a request to a
39: central bookmark server, and receive streamed RDF. Likewise, whenever a
40: bookmark or branch is submitted, RDF can be sent to the server and synced
41: with all the other clients.
45: Ergo, Bookie. It's a crude work in progress, but it teaches me a lot about what
46: I should be doing, and lets me read and understand code written by people way
47: smarter than me.