Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote in lj_nifty,
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Bookmarklets

I'd like to call people's attention to a set of offsite, non-LJ-specific tools that can provide many of the features LiveJournal users have requested (and in some cases, features similar to ones that LiveJournal developers have already written). The website called Jesse's Bookmarklets Site provides javascript "bookmarklets" that you can save to your bookmarks/favorites menu in various browsers, and anytime you click on those bookmarks/favorites later, they'll change the appearance of whatever page you're viewing by running specified javascript on it. (Although most javascript is disabled on LiveJournal, these "bookmarklets" do work on LiveJournal, because they run from and on your own computer without going through LiveJournal's servers at all.) Most of the bookmarklets work in recent versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Netscape; a fair number of them also work in Opera.

There are many different "bookmarklets" available, but I think the ones most relevant to LiveJournal are the following:
Force wrap (available from this page; does not work in Opera): After you've saved it as a bookmark/favorite, whenever you click on that bookmark, it will fix the HTML tables (such as those used on LJ "friends" and "recent entries" pages) on whatever page you're viewing that have been horizontally stretched by long URLs. It works by adding non-standard <WBR> tags in the middle of the long URLs. If you use Netscape or Mozilla you may need to refresh the page after using the bookmark; if you use Internet Explorer you won't need to. Here is a good example page I found for testing this bookmarklet after you save it to your bookmarks/favorites menu.

Zoom images out (available from this page): After you've saved it as a bookmark/favorite, whenever you click on that bookmark, it will shrink the display size of all images on whatever page you're viewing to half their original size. Please note that this will not decrease your image download time at all; the entire image still has to be downloaded. However, if the image is so wide that it's stretching your friends page, clicking this bookmark will display the image at half its original size. Plus, this does work even on images that don't have height and width attributes specified in their HTML "img" tags. Here is a good example page I found for testing this bookmarklet on an image that has no height or width tags. And if halving the image sizes still doesn't get them small enough for you, you can proceed to the next bookmarklet . . .

Zap images (available from this page): After you've saved it as a bookmark/favorite, whenever you click on that bookmark, it will replace all images on whatever page you're viewing with the text in the "alt" attributes of their HTML "img" tags. Actually, it doesn't affect images that do not use the "img" tag, such as background images or image maps; but it affects all images that use the "img" tag, regardless of what attributes they include. Unlike the bookmarklet above, this one could decrease your download time, as long as you click it before the images have already downloaded.

Zap colors (available from this page; does not work in Opera): After you've saved it as a bookmark/favorite, whenever you click on that bookmark, it will change the color scheme of whatever page you're viewing to display black text on a white background, with blue hyperlinks and purple already-visited hyperlinks. Useful for viewing journals not on your friends list whose owners have set them to headache-inducingly low-contrast color schemes.
I think those are the most obviously LiveJournal-relevant bookmarklets, but there are plenty of other bookmarklets worth looking at, so I recommend that you explore all of Jesse's Bookmarklets Site. Oh, and if you happen to be one of the LiveJournal elite who work with Bugzilla, you may be especially interested in the special page of bookmarklets that make it easier to work with Bugzilla.
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