Frontends:Bookmarks Standard

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Given the use of more and more mobile devices with SWORD front-ends, a shared bookmark system would be a useful addition.


Feature wish list for format

Bookmark Item:

History Item:

Existing standards

Xiphos Bookmarks Format

Xiphos and BibleCS(?) use this format:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
 <SwordBookmarks syntaxVersion="1.0">
   <Folder caption="Personal">
     <Folder caption="What must I do to be saved?">
       <Bookmark modulename="" key="Acts 16:31" moduledescription=" " description="Acts 16:31"/>
       <Bookmark modulename="" key="Eph 2:8,9" moduledescription=" " description="Eph 2:8,9"/>
       <Bookmark modulename="" key="Romans 1:16" moduledescription=" " description="Romans 1:16"/>
     <Folder caption="What is the Gospel?">
        <Bookmark modulename="" key="1 Cor 15:1-4" moduledescription=" " description="1 Cor 15:1-4"/>


There are definitely bookmark formats floating around already which have some amount of standardization. See the XML Bookmark Exchange Language (XBEL) and the related links to XOXO and OPML.

Example of XBEL-standardized bookmarks file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xbel version="1.0">
    <folder id="folder1" added="2010-03-23T13:15:07.512">
        <title>Bible Bookmarks</title>
            <metadata owner="ApplicationName" dateadded="1269349684570502" lastmodified="1269511284396136"/>
        <folder id="folder2" added="2010-03-23T13:15:07.512">
            <title>My Favorite Places</title>
            <bookmark id="any" added="2010-03-25T10:01:16.473" visited="2010-03-25T10:00:50.972" modified="2010-03-25T10:01:24.549" href="bible://john/#note-N66131">
                    <metadata owner="ApplicationName" dateadded="1269349684570502" lastmodified="1269349684648629"/>

Metadata came from Firefox SyncPlaces.



One example of the use of OPML for bookmark import/export is the Sage lightweight RSS and Atom feed reader - which is an add-on for Mozilla Firefox.

Ways of sharing

Please add your ideas here.

Current situation

Please describe here which front-ends already support local bookmarks, and how?

Four of the listed front-ends support exporting of bookmarks.


FireBible is a unique case in that, being a Firefox add-on, it uses the existing bookmarks structure of Mozilla Firefox, with additions to the Firefox menus. Moreover, it also supports URIs that begin with bible: and sword: as extensions to the browser.

See also

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