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Firefox extension idea: web scribbles

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I am obliged to say I'm not a coder, but the idea might still be useful if it hasn't been implemented yet, if there is enough interest for it and if someone is willing to implement it.

The idea is a firefox extension which would allow you to make scribbles or quick notes over the web page you're viewing. You select any element, usually text, right click and choose to add a scribble and it gets added to the page by modifying its output to add a little icon after the selected element which reveals your scribble once clicked. Editing the page like this is possible as greasemonkey plugin proves, but such extension would be different from greasemonkey in that there is a specific use case for which it is designed for. I know I can edit any page with greasemonkey to add my notes, but it isn't very attractive when I have to write code to do it. A scribble extension would make this dead easy: right click, choose "add scribble", enter whatever text you wanted to and you're done.

Why is this useful? Well, sometimes when you are reading something you may have some interesting thoughts developing in addition to but because of what you're reading. You could open a text editor and make a note of such thoughts, but it might be even better if you could add that note right there into the page you're viewing by the sentence which inspired the scribble (or is relevant to it).

Scribbles would be saved in a database in which each page has an entry with scribbles called from it for displaying on that page whenever you open it. Also, scribbles would be easily saved in a folder so that you don't lose them when moving from one OS to another, for example. It could also employ some sort of an export mechanism allowing you to, for example, export to html or PDF a list of sites you scribbled on with the content of your scribbles.

Anyway, what do you think? Is there a such extension already?

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You could try using a

You could try using a feature of seamonkey (previously known as mozilla) for this purpose:

file -> edit page ; file -> save as

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Weird, there is no

Weird, there is no seamonkey on Ubuntu repositories, according to synaptic.. I doubt that would be the most efficient way of doing it though. You need Seamonkey for it and I assume it requires editing page code directly, right?

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Don't worry, it's just like

Don't worry, it's just like openoffice writer or abiword. The mozilla seamonkey editor is what nvu was originally based on.

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Oh I see, the WYSIWYG

Oh I see, the WYSIWYG editor. I almost forgot about those. Smiling

I still feel it would be more elegant, if nothing else, to allow a right click "add a scribble" option to the page without entering a full edit mode though.

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More elegant, and another

More elegant, and another potential memory leak too Eye .

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Try "mozilla" or "iceape"

Try "mozilla" or "iceape" (Debian's unbranded version of Seamonkey) if "seamonkey" doesn't exist.

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Nope, it doesn't seem to be

Nope, it doesn't seem to be there.. Really quite strange.

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Try adding this to your

Try adding this to your sources.list assuming your on Feisty

  deb http://gnomefreak.youmortals.com/mozilla-testing feisty main
  deb-src http://gnomefreak.youmortals.com/mozilla-testing feisty main

Then run sudo apt-get update. Then open Synaptic, try and search for "sea" and see if SeaMonkey shows up.

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Thanks for the suggestion.

Thanks for the suggestion. I was just wondering why it isn't in main repositories.

Anyway, if I decide to go for SeaMonkey I'll try those.

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