IT: Technology, Language, and Culture

XBEL Bookmark Format

I was looking at various ways of managing bookmarks, with an eye to using bookmarks as a way for naive users to create web pages, and I stumbled over XBEL, an xml dtd for bookmark conversion. The XML Bookmark Exchange Language, or XBEL, is an Internet “bookmarks” interchange format. It’s a format that seems to be increasingly supported both Firefox and URL Manager Pro support import and export of XBEL files, and it strikes me as a good standard for use in a variety of ways in a CMS. Not only the obvious one—storing bookmarks online so they’re reachable anywhere&mdaash;but also as ways of sharing bookmarks, and their annotations, or of importing them via a script or XLST and manipulating them to create web pages, included web bibliographies.