PHP for Easy Bookmarklet Testing and Distribution

Bookmarklet authors have it tough. On top of the usual challenges of cross-browser Javascript testing, we’ve traditionally also had to workaround IE’s character limit and jump through hoops to embed code inside of javascript: links.

Bookmarklet Server (source) eases testing and deployment by allowing you to keep code where it should be—in .js files. A single SCRIPT element dynamically loads the bookmarklet code and creates the javascript: link for you.

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PlayTagger bookmarklet

PlayTagger loads’s Play Tagger in the page, which allows you to listen to (and bookmark) mp3 links.

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Shamelessly self-promoting test links

Brittle Stars – So Unfair
The French Horns – Brighter Now

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This page used to have a bookmarklet that did a similar function using the open source XSPF Flash Music Player, but SourceForge now prevents direct linking to the SWF files. Rewriting the bookmarklet to use PlayTagger is easier than explaining that you have to host your own SWF and adjust the bookmarklet accordingly.