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Bookmarklets

If you’re like me anything that makes your life easier is worth spending a few minutes accomplishing. Bookmarklets, typically, are single line javascript applications. According to this wikipedia article, “Steve Kangas of www.bookmarklets.com coined the term “bookmarklet,” which he started to create based on an idea suggested in the Netscape JavaScript Guide.” With the help of John Gruber’s bookmarklet building perl script you have to know even less about javascript. In about an hour I whipped up a little bookmarklet that takes me ecarlist.com’s various client web sites. That same bookmarklet code can be embedded in a link as well. Here’s an example: ecarlist (Hint: enter the number 199). Of course this is a stripped down version, the real one has a few extra lines worth of error correction. Here’s another example further highlighting the usefulness and cross-platform availability of bookmarklets; Drew McLellan wrote a bookmarklet that replaces the iPhone/ iPod-Touch WebClip Bookmarks with one’s of your own choosing.

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