[LibX] bookmarklet idea

Brian Nicholson brn at vt.edu
Sun Jul 18 10:18:47 PDT 2010

Here's a quick and dirty example, using the prototype interface just


<http://libx.org/libx-bmtest/src/base/bookmarklet/>It doesn't yet interact
with pages to provide cues, autolinking, etc. (nor does the standard LibX
2.0 plugin yet), but those can be made available as they are implemented in
the plugin.  We'll continue to work on this so that, like you said, a number
of other browsers can be indirectly supported without requiring a specific


On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 1:06 PM, Godmar Back <godmar at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is absolutely possible.
> Our revised infrastructure (branch 'libxrestructuring' on libx.mozdev.org's
> CVS repository) supports running the LibX base code in many different
> environments:
> - in a Firefox plug-in in Chrome space
> - in Firefox in a client page
> - in Chrome in the background page
> - in Chrome in an isolated world
> - in a server-side environment (env.js + Rhino)
> - in a client-side page (which is used, for instance, in a test page)
> So, this could be easily built.
>  - Godmar
> On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <jonathan at dnil.net>wrote:
>> I just had an idea, and I'm wondering if it's occured to anyone else.
>> LibX is a browser plugin, which needs a custom plugin wrapper for every
>> browser you want it to work in. Currently FF, IE sort of, maybe some day
>> Safari, maybe some day other browsers that accept plugins (each one requires
>> a buncha work, which is why they don't exist yet), browsers without plugins
>> out of luck.
>> But what if.... we provided a javascript 'bookmarklet' which, when the
>> user activated it, would actually load in all the Javascript neccesary for
>> LibX, and apply it to the page being viewed as appropriate for existing LibX
>> configuration.
>> It wouldn't be automatic like the plugin, the user would have to be
>> looking at a page and think "Gee, I bet the library thing can do something
>> for me here, let's click the button and find out". But it could be made in
>> just about any browser with sufficient Javascript support for LibX, without
>> the need to write a browser specific plugin wrapper.  Some users might even
>> prefer it for otherwise supported browsers, not sure.
>> (iPhone Safari _does_ support javascript bookmarklets!  Although getting
>> them onto your iPhone Safari takes an iTunes sync).
>> Anyone thought of this before? What do you think?
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