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Using XForms to add links to del.icio.us

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 12:05:02 +0100
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Hi all,

I've created an XForm that allows you to add links to your del.icio.us
account. It's a fairly simple form -- thanks to the powerful combination of
XForms and del.icio.us's use of REST -- but very handy. The real benefit
comes when the form runs as a side-bar, which means you can add bookmarks
without interrupting your normal browsing.

The form is easy to obtain; just go to the following page and press the
install button:


There isn't actually anything to 'install' as such -- this form just creates
the necessary entries in IE for the side-bar to appear in the menus. (The
functions that do this will ask for user approval first, so if you want to
use this technique to turn any page you like into a side-bar for your users,
it should be pretty safe. You can actually use many Mozilla bars.)

A screenshot and details on how to use the del.icio.us sidebar are available
on the latest entry of my blog:


The form automatically picks up the title and any metadata from the main
document window, so you can add bookmarks with one click. If anyone has
further ideas for useful features then please suggest away, and if you
change the form yourself then also, please let me know.

Note also that you can retrieve all your del.icio.us bookmarks as an RSS
feed, so if you add the URI to the RSS reader you effectively have you own
bookmarks right in the browser, but being stored remotely.



Mark Birbeck
x-port.net Ltd.

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