iDevice Bookmarklets

If you’re a fan of bookmarklets (as I am) and also have an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch (which I do), this may interest you!

First, what exactly are bookmarklets?

A bookmarklet is a small JavaScript program that can be stored as a URL within a bookmark in most popular web browsers, or within hyperlinks on a web page. Because Microsoft Internet Explorer uses the term favorites instead of bookmarks, bookmarklets are also less commonly called favlets or favelets.

Bookmarklets can be saved and used like normal web page bookmarks. Therefore, they are simple “one-click” tools that can add substantial functionality to the browser. For example, they can:
▪ Modify the way a web page is displayed within the browser (i.e., change the font size, background color, etc.).
▪ Extract data from a web page (i.e., hyperlinks, images, text, etc.).
▪ Jump directly to a search engine, with the search term(s) input either from a new dialog box, or from a selection already made on a web page.
▪ Submit the page to a validation service. [via wordiQ]

If you sync your bookmarks from Safari onto your iDevice, you can simply add the bookmarklets that way.  For those of us who do not sync Safari bookmarks, technologist Chris Bray has a solution.  From his site:
I took a few minutes to copy the Javascript from all my bookmarklets and made this iPhone/iPad formatted page with all the Javascript in a selectable textarea for each bookmarklet. This way I could open up the page on my gadgets, and in about 5 minutes have all of my important bookmarklets loaded into Safari on both my iPad and my iPhone.

I know this is far from ideal, and even further from anything resembling a solution, but until some smart person comes up with a way around this, or until Apple adds some better bookmark management or add-on capabilities to mobile Safari this will have to do for now.

To access the javascript and read the step-by-step instructions, visit his webpage using Safari on your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch:

They are relatively easy to add and will always be available until you delete them.  This way, you have an incredibly easy way to share a page on Facebook, add a note to Evernote, or shorten a URL with bit.ly!

Firefox Smart Keywords

Smart Keywords are an easy way to search websites right from the Location bar. Say you visit The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) all the time to look up things. You go to imdb.com and click in the search box and enter whatever you’re searching for, and click Search. Lots of clicking, lots of steps.

With an IMDB Smart Keyword, you can type imdb Rachel Bilson into Firefox’s Location bar and hit enter and be taken right to the result.

Smart Keywords screenshot

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