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Tag autocompletion when posting to del.icio.us

I use del.icio.us to manage my bookmarks and love the way that I can get to my bookmarks from anywhere and can tag them freely and access groups of them from any browser on any computer based on my tags.

However, I found that my tags were becoming a bit of a mess for two reasons:

It occurred to me that a good way to avoid these problems would be if there was an autocomplete option (similar to “code hinting” or “intellisense” in an IDE) as you were posting pages to del.icio.us.

The same idea obviously occurred to other people and there was some philosophical debate on the del.icio.us mailing list about whether you should have something like this which “encouraged people to tag things in a way they may not see personally fit” but I think what I have built is quite useful.

Basically it will connect to delicious (through it’s api) and retrieve a list of your tags and will give you the option to autocomplete using these. You are free to use or ignore the autocomplete suggestions as you like. I feel this adds utility to the posting experience without constraining the user in any way.

To use my posting interface just create a bookmark using the kelvinluck.com post to del.icio.us bookmarklet. Then use this bookmark when you are on a page you want to add to your del.icio.us bookmarks.

You will need the Flash player (version 6+) installed to use this posting form since I programmed it in Flash. I’ve tested the bookmarklet in Firefox 1 and IE6 on PC and it seems to work fine – please let me know if there is any problems on other systems.

Also let me know of any bugs you encounter with the system and any suggestions for improvement (this is very much a first draft). Especially please ignore the look of the form – functionality over beauty – at least at this stage :)

  1. Hey, This is pretty cool. Thank you. I’ll play around with it and let you know how things go.

    Jim
    jim wilde    Mar 15, 20:42    #
  2. Awesome possum!

    Does this flash app store/consume my password locally on my machine only or is/can it being sent to your servers?
    — RC    Mar 16, 19:46    #
  3. If you click the “Remember details” button in the app then your login details are stored within a SharedObject. This is like a cookie within Flash and is stored on your computer.

    When the app connects to del.icio.us to get your tags or to post your page it does so via my server. This means you username / password is sent to my server.

    I realise some people were concerned about the security of this arrangment and have released the source of the app so that you can run it from your own webserver if you prefer.

    Hope this helps :)
    Kelvin    Mar 16, 21:43    #
  4. This is a great idea, and app, thanks a lot!
    chief    Mar 31, 22:28    #
  5. That is really cool. Nice job.
    — Joshua Bloom    Apr 18, 20:28    #
  6. Sweet guys – glad you like it :)
    Kelvin    Apr 24, 13:33    #