Wired-Marker: Highlighter for Web Pages

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Oct 15, 2008 GMT
Dmitri Popov

On the face of it, Wired-Marker looks like an ordinary highlighting tool that you can use to mark text on a Web page. But dig deeper, and you'll discover a few clever features that make this Firefox extension a rather nifty research and commenting tool. Once installed, Wired-Marker adds a new item to Firefox's context menu which allows you to quickly highlight the selected text fragment on any Web page using one of the default color markers. Unlike a conventional highlighter, though, Wired-Marker treats each color marker as a folder which is used to store all highlighted text snippets of the particular color. For example, if you mark a text fragment using the default Marker7 color, the highlighted text is saved in the Marker7 folder. To view the folders and their content, open the Wired-Marker sidebar using the Alt+X keyboard shortcut. When you select a saved text snippet from one of the folders, Wired-Marker opens the related Web page right at the highlighted text. But here is another clever bit. If the page contains multiple highlighted text fragments, you can quickly navigate between them using the Wired-Marker scrollbar to the right containing colored markers for each highlighted text snippet on the Web page.

Using the available tools, you can easily rename the default Wired-Marker folders as well as perform different actions on them. To do this, right-click on a folder and select the item you want from the context menu. For example, to rename the folder, select the Properties item and replace the default name with something more descriptive. Here you can also customize the highlighting color. The Export item in the context menu lets you export the folder contents as an XML file, while the Filter command can be used to filter the folder contents using keywords. As the name suggests, the New Folder item contains commands which you can use to create additional folders (aka markers).

All of these and other features make this Firefox extension an essential tool for anyone doing research on the Web.

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