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Unified Bookmarks File   (0)  [vote for, against]
A single system-wide bookmarks file

Okay so it may be a bit of a "let's-all", but WIBNI a single storage format - and location - for bookmarks was standardised across all browsers? I'm tired of trying to synchronise bookmarks across a variety of browsers, not bookmarking things because I'm not in my preferred browser, etc etc.

With an agreed format for storing bookmarks (XML?), all browsers could use the same file. Each could still retain individual quirks/strengths in displaying and organising.

I realise there are browser companion programs, web services, and translators that fulfill some of this functionality, but they all seem like kludgy workarounds to a fundamental architectural flaw.

While we're at it, how about standardising the browser cache?
-- BunsenHoneydew, Nov 15 2005

Interesting what you find when you search for XML bookmark standards in Google [DrCurry, Nov 18 2005]

[ironfroggy, Jun 25 2006] [monojohnny, Jun 28 2006]

I keep reading this as "cross-dresser standard".
-- Adze, Nov 16 2005

erm. you've seen, right ? it's far from 'kludgy' when used with the right extensions in firefox.
-- neilp, Nov 16 2005

And there are a number of other schemes to preserve personal bookmarks across multiple browsers/PCs. Do you really want to go for that let's- all- standardize- the- browser- bookmark thing?
-- DrCurry, Nov 16 2005

Yes. Yes I do. It oughta be a global standard, just like HTML in the first place.

And "when used with the right extensions IN FIREFOX" is exactly the kind of problem I'm talking about here.
-- BunsenHoneydew, Nov 18 2005

Well, that's kinda Baked, buddy - see link.
-- DrCurry, Nov 18 2005

Thanks for the link DrC; yes, I probably should have Googled first. But even that is a standard for the -exchange- of bookmarks -between- browsers.

What I'm trying to get at here is that all the browsers could be referring to, storing in, recalling from the same, unified, system-wide bookmarks file. [edit - hence the change in title] I often use more than one browser, sometimes simultaneously, and all this exchange, convert, post here, drag there, drop wherever shemozzle would be completely unnecessary if that was the case. It's a waste of time and disk space with no good reason to continue.

A system-wide cache and history would be useful too.
-- BunsenHoneydew, Nov 19 2005

Just use add a9, blinklist, stumbleupon, kaboodle or similar toolbars in all your browsers and your favourites are not only across your browsers but also across your computers. Ofcourse using same cache and history is good idea. In all of these toolbars A9 is more versatile as it carries your history too and meets your requirements. It is available for most of the browsers.
-- drizzlein, Jun 25 2006

Just use, and possibly one of the extensions available for any browser to use the service directly from your browser. System-wide nothin', I've got too many systems for such a limited scheme.
-- ironfroggy, Jun 25 2006

A9's not available for my browser. Kind of proves my point.
-- BunsenHoneydew, Jun 28 2006

A9 is only one of the suggested options, and all them are available on ALL browsers. If there is no extension or plugin for it, just use the website. if you browser doesn't have an extension, make one or complain, but this is obviously not a new idea in this respect.
-- ironfroggy, Jun 28 2006

random, halfbakery