[XML-SIG] XBEL features
Fred L. Drake, Jr.
Fred L. Drake, Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon, 13 Sep 1999 10:44:19 -0400 (EDT)
Mark Nottingham writes:
> While we're on the subject of XBEL, I really like it; however, it would be
> great if it supported the 'description' field in Netscape.
This is a software issue, not an XBEL issue. (This is the advantage
of keeping the DTD and software separate! ;) I had my first look at
the XBEL code packaged in the XML package the other day (when Uche
reported a bug to the list), and was surprised.
You might want to take a look at the final version of Grail; there's
a tool called "bkmktool.py" which can be used to perform conversions
between XBEL and Netscape HTML. It works to preserve as much
information as possible; I don't recall having any problems with the
textual descriptions (which I also use, when I remember ;).
Grail is at: <URL:http://grail.python.org/>.
> The upshot is that you can have a cron job on your machine that regularly
> reads your bookmarks and parses them into Web pages, while not showing those
> that you set the description field to 'no'. Very handy.
If your bookmarks are only maintained in XBEL, you could use the
metadata structures to create an application-specific metadata field;
using the description field for this means you can't use it for
I'm glad you like XBEL!
Fred L. Drake, Jr. <email@example.com>
Corporation for National Research Initiatives