[sclug] Using a Wiki to store bookmarks

Spencer Collyer spencer at lasermount.plus.com
Tue Jan 22 19:25:24 UTC 2008


I've got a slightly-left-field usage of a wiki planned, and I'm wondering if anyone could recommend a good one to use to implement it.

Basically, I want to store my web browser bookmarks in a wiki. This makes more sense to me than having them on a menu, for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I use several computers around the house - one in the office, and a couple of laptops - so having one central repository for my bookmarks makes sense. I don't see any point using one of the online bookmark repositories, as I've no interest in sharing them.

Secondly, I have a *lot* of bookmarks, and have them heavily categorised on my bookmark menu, so sometimes I have to go down three or four menu levels to get to the category I want. This is fine if it's just one bookmark from that submenu, but gets annoying if (as often happens) I'm working my way through a load of pages on the same or related menus, so having them all on a tab I keep permanently open would make a lot of sense.

Thirdly, if they are on a web page, I can easily add comments alongside the actual links, just as a quick reminder if I need one of what the page is about and so on.

In order to make this easier, I have a couple of requirements.

1) I want to be able to easily convert my bookmarks into a set of pages (one per sub-menu) that I can easily load into the wiki. To do this I'll probably write a Perl script to parse the bookmarks.html file and generate a set of wiki pages ready to be used. So ideally it would be easy to get the Wiki to accept externally generated content like this.

2) I want to be able to write a Firefox extension that will allow me to emulate the current 'bookmark page' functionality, but store the bookmark in the appropriate wiki page. I'm probablygoing to need an API that external programs can use for this, or some other way to get externally-generated changes into the wiki? I know I can cut'n'paste the bookmark, but it would be nicer if it could be done by emulating current bookmarking.

Thanks in advance for your attention.

Spencer Collyer

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