This is just getting ridiculous. AtomAPI search proposal
Below, as a way of demonstrating this idea I have taken a copy of Sam’s Atom feed and augmented it with two kinds of navigation information.
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Hello Mr. Wheel. My, aren’t we round today?
I feel cheated. Having felt ecstatic about the fact I had new context menu commands meaning I could navigate within my sidebar, I find that the context menu doesn’t actually appear for links in the sidebar, thus rendering me impotent to use the extension in the way I wanted.
Alas, the Netscape Devedge Sidebars remain beyond the reach of usage by mortals in Firebird.
To keep me from moaning quite so much, there’s now a web panel enhancer extension for Firebird which allows you to turn the sidebar on/off via the “View” menu and adds an “Open in sidebar” option (as well as some others) to the context menu. Thank God.
Blogware now ships with functionality for blogging reviews and using the RVW RSS extension. Marc Canter says this is great, whilst I agree in theory, this system uses Amazon as its core item reference, and a cold shiver runs up my spine when I think what Amazon could do to monoplise on this.
The problem of course is that there’s no “open” alternative. There’s MusicBrainz for music, but what else? Even IMDB are owned by Amazon. I’m surprised they don’t have more product placement (although I’m sure they’re working on integrating their systems).
I saw this article a few months ago and promptly lost it again; the wonders of Google.
XUL: rendering GUIs with PHP
The important part of the article isn’t actually the PHP bit (I know very little PHP), but the fact that it shows you can deliver an enhanced browsing experience to people using Gecko-based browsers. The example they give is found at http://www.phppatterns.com/xul/ – if you try and view this file in a browser that doesn’t support XUL you’ll probably be asked to download the file. If, on the other hand, you’re using Mozilla, Firebird, Camino or one of the others you’ll see a some menus across the top of the screen (there’s a screenshot in the article).
In fact, if you can redirect requests based on the user-agent you can give your website proper tree widgets, tables, radio buttons, checks, the works. Your website becomes a mini web application.
Of course this isn’t necessarily an ideal situation, and at first glance has at least a few drawbacks, the most obvious of which is that you lose bookmark-ability for web pages. There’s possibly a workaround, but it’s too late at night to think of one now.