Excerpt bookmarklets: Cite a source with one click!

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From: Dan Connolly (connolly@w3.org)
Date: Sat Aug 26 2000 - 22:38:14 PDT


Dan is always asking for this and doing it by hand. I have never seen an
editor which
will do it automatically.

    Copy to the clipboard a BLOCKQUOTE with inside it a copy of the
    text, linked back to the original document from which it came. [...]

(Connolly, Aug 2000): Try these bookmarklets, i.e. javascript hacks:

    HTML excerpt
    email excerpt

-- Tim Berners-Lee - Editing User Interface
Sun, 27 Aug 2000 02:46:55 GMT

They seem to work in NS4 but not IE. It's a cheap hack.

Once you put it in your toolbar, you just select text
on any page in the web and click the bookmarklet, and
it generates a mail message such as this one,
containing an excerpt ala the one above.
(The other one generates some HTML in
a window.)

I do this by hand so much... I expect to save
about an hour a day. This is so tedious to do
by hand, but it's so fun to have the computer
finally do it for me that I think I'll do
another one just for fun:

Developed for the Foresight Institute to enable
                       critical discussions and enhance productivity for
                       those using the web, CritSuite takes vital steps
                       toward a truly connected and interactive Web

                       CritSuite consists of three pieces of integrated
                       software which allow individuals to comment on
                       and view existing hypertext documents (CritLink),
                       navigate the Web using a graphical interface
                       (CritMap), and to archive email exchanges using
                       the features of hypertext (CritMail).

-- CritSuite: public annotation on the whole Web since 1997
Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT

hmmm... bug: if there's no HTTP Last-Modified header,
this thingy reports the beginning of the epoch.

TODO: enhance the email thingy to intelligently
fill in the To field of the email, by finding a link to
a mailto address with rel="made" or rel="reply-to".

Patent pending. ;-) Hm... seriously, I better
publish the code to establish prior art just in case.
I hereby release the code to the public domain:

href=&apos;"+location.href+"&apos;>"+document.title+"</a><br />"+new


Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/

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