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Websites can leave cookies on your computer, if you so
allow. This, as I understand it, is useful for the website
because it can retrieve, for example, your settings or
I'd like to be able to do the opposite, and leave a note
myself on a website.
For example, I use
bioinformatic websites from time to
time. Every time I go back to a given site, I spend a
reminding myself how to do a particular operation, or
to get to the data I want. Sometimes, I make a note and
save it on my computer, but that's a pain.
So, I'd like a "leave a sticky" function, whereby a little
window pops up and I can write whatever notes I want,
relevant to that website. When I next visit the site, I
recall my note. The buttons for adding and retrieving
stickies should appear somewhere unobtrusive (or these
could just be menu options), and a small icon next to the
webpage title should tell me if I have already made a
sticky for that page.
I don't mind where the notes are stored, but I'd just like
be able to leave these notes associated with the website,
and retrievable only by me.
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[tatterdemalion, Oct 15 2012]
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||Many bookmark managers have a notes field associated with
the page name and URL. What you're envisioning is to make
that note more readily visible when you return to a page?
||They do? How and where? Maybe that would solve
||What I want is, when I'm on a webpage, to click
"Post a note", and have a sticky-like thing pop up
where I can type some text. If I revisit that page,
I want a little icon to appear somewhere (off-
page; maybe next to the title) which, when
clicked, brings up my note.
||Ideally, it would work whichever computer I was
using (ie, it would be associated with me and with
the web page; not with the computer I was using
at the time), but this could get messy. It would
be OK if the information was stored on my own
computer, even though it would then be invisible
if I were browsing from another machine.
||In Firefox, select "Show All Bookmarks" from the Bookmarks menu item. Select a link in that bookmark manager and you can then edit fields for Name, Location, Tags, Keywords and Description. This may vary depending on your OS and version of Firefox. If you use Firefox Sync, your bookmarks and associated meta data will appear on any other browser you have synced.
||Maybe someone who uses this feature (i.e. not me) can explain if there is a less cumbersome way of working with it. I [+] your idea because it would improve this existing feature.
||[bigs] That would be both impressive and cool.
||[swimswim] Hmm. I don't use Firefox, and it seems
slightly cumbersome; but the syncing would be
||Yes, Mac OSX 10.6.8, and I usually use Safari (5.0.5 at
||//the solution is "ParallelNotes"// Sounds close, but
I presume that's a Windows function?
||If you find a solution for OSX, I will personally ask
[8th] to give you a free badger trebuchet. Hell, I'll
even get him to throw in a couple of badgers.
||Ah, right, with you. But the offer of one of [8th]'s
||I think that there is a character limit of 4K associated with the cookies for any one web site. Some people may have a problem with this Idea and that limit.
||4K would be plenty for a text note. Also, this isn't
exactly a cookie.
||There are several "web annotation" browser extensions that cover most of your function requirements (see link). Many have collaboration functions which you do not want ("... retrievable only by me") so you'll need to sort through and see which comes closest to your needs.
||Hey [tatterd], thanks for the link - some of those
seem close to what I want.
||[Vernon] HTML5 local storage goes up to 5mb per domain. It also is only submitted when requested, instead of on every page load.
||You could feasibly write a greasemonkey script - the advantage being portability (does safari support it?).
||Edit: turns out there are several userscripts that do this already.
||I have to confess that I have not yet pursued this
to its conclusion. As of yesterday (and this, by
the way, is a totally irrelevant aside, as indeed are
the contents of these parentheses) I have started
in a position being seconded to a biotech
company for a few months. It is unbecredibly
depressing and time-consuming to have to be the
new-boy in the lab again, and will doubtless
remain so until I've got my shit together and am
on top of things.
||(Off now to my own lab, from where I will be
stealing reagents and equipment.)