Smart Bookmarks

Smart Bookmarks are an extended kind of Internet bookmark used in web browsers. By accepting an argument, they directly give access to functions of web sites, as opposed to filling web forms at the respective web site for accessing these functions. Smart Bookmarks can be used for web searches, or access to data on web sites with uniformly structured web addresses (e.g., user profiles in a web forum).

Smart Bookmarks first were introduced in OmniWeb on the NEXTSTEP platform in the 1997/1998, where they were called Shortcuts.[1] The feature was subsequently taken up by Opera, Galeon and Internet Explorer for Mac, so they can now be used in many web browsers, most of which are Mozilla based, like Kazehakase and Mozilla Firefox.

In Web, Smart Bookmarks appear in a dropdown menu when entering text in the address bar. By selecting a Smart Bookmark the respective web site is accessed using the text as argument. Smart Bookmarks can also be added to the toolbar, together with their own textbox.[2] The same applies to Galeon, which also allows the user to collapse and expand the textboxes within the toolbar.

Smart Bookmarks can also be shared, and there is a collection of them at the web site of the Galeon project.


So far, there are two ways to employ smart bookmarks: either through the assignment of keywords or without. E.g. Mozilla derivatives and also Konqueror make you assign keywords, then you type these keywords directly into the address bar followed by the term. Epiphany does not allow you to assign keywords. Instead you type the term directly into the address bar, then all smart bookmarks appear on an address bar drop down list and you pick the one to use.

Usage and creation of smart bookmarks
Smart bookmarks usage: you enter keyword and search term separated by a blank space into the address bar; there is no need for the search bar! 
Smart bookmarks creation in Iceweasel: Open the properties of any bookmark and insert "%s" and choose a keyword 

See also


  1. Shaw, David Andrew (2004-03-22), "OmniWeb 3.0/3.1", Rhapsody Resource Page, retrieved 2012-03-22
  2. "Smart Bookmarks", The GNOME Project, retrieved 2011-12-14
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