Where Have All the Toolbars        

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Grace Dunbar

grace@equinoxinitiative.org

I      MY TOOLBARS!

This hurts me more than it hurts you?

It's for your own good?

It's like ripping off a bandaid?

(Please don't take them away from me!)

insert platitude here...

Customizable Toolbars are Redundant in a Web Browser

(Note: we're not talking about the Menu Bar.)

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Welcome to the Web Client!

This one, you get to keep.

You access webby through your browser (Firefox, Chrome, not IE) ...

What's this?

Why it's some sort of native ... bookmark toolbar!?!

Oh, Frabjous Day!

5 great things about browser toolbars/bookmarks

Five

  1. LESS CODE Web browsers support the browser bookmarks which means less code management for Evergreen and less bugs/fixes.
  2. MORE CHOICE     While browsers have native toolbars, they also support extensions and external tools which can manage bookmarks, leading to a plethora of choice.
  3. CUSTOMIZATION     Since staff will be logging into the workstation on the browser they can use browser profiles to access their specific toolbars.  
  4. MIS EN PLACE     All your bookmarks, shortcuts, and tools can live in one place.  Item Status, Add Volumes/Copies, Amazon, iPage... all living in harmony in your toolbar...
  5. MANAGEMENT      Managing bookmarks will be simpler in the long run.  (Trust me.)

Intrigued?

From here on out we'll cover three things.

 

  1. Browser profiles
  2. Native bookmark management
  3. Browser extensions

Native Bookmark Management - Profiles

  • Sync
    • Firefox Sync lets you synchronize bookmarks, add-ons, browsing history and other site information across multiple devices.
    • Just make a Firefox account and you can sign in across devices.
  • What can you sync when logged in to an account?

Useful for:

  • Staff who work in multiple locations
  • Staff who work on multiple computers

Native Bookmark Management - Profiles

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Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc.

Useful for:

  • Staff who work in multiple locations
  • Staff who work on multiple computers
  • Controlling some browser features
  • People
    • Chrome People  lets you synchronize bookmarks, add-ons, browsing history and other site information across multiple devices.
    • If you have bookmarks, extensions, and settings for different accounts, like work and personal, you can use Chrome profiles to keep them separate.
    • 'Supervised' setting allows for website and app install blocking.

Pros

Easy to use

Native browser support

Portable

One time setup

Cross-platform        (PC/Mac/Andriod, etc.)

 

Cons

Privacy concerns

External setup

Additional login for personal toolbars

Change. Is. Hard.

        (no, really, it is)

Native Bookmark Management - Profiles

Native Bookmark Management

Why Not Bookmarks?

But. Ugh.  The Favicons are all the same.

Don't worry.  There's an app for that.

Also... extensions!

Other Tools

Tab Activate! (For Mary L)

Server side bookmark/toolbar management  - Sitebar.org

Google Suite Admin

https://wpsit.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-push-bookmarks-to-users-in.html

 

https://www.xmarks.com/about/features

 

Manage and share bookmarks.

Xmarks

Different?

Yes.

 

 Bad?

No.

 

Scary?

No more!

Questions?

deck

By Grace Dunbar

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