Library shortcuts

Matt Price e-mailed me about this wonderful piece of wizardry he added to YubNub (which is kinda like a command line for the Web). He set up the tpl command, which searches the Toronto Public Library. This prompted me to finally make YubNub the default handler for my Mozilla Firefox address bar, which you can also do by going to about:config and setting or creating the keyword.URL option to

This is good stuff, and one of the many reasons why blogging saves me time and lets me hear about all sorts of interesting things. =) Matt, thanks for sharing!

5 responses to “Library shortcuts”

  1. Matt says:

    thanks for the promo sacha — i want people to use this!

    i like the firefox tip too.
    now if only i had some way to actually modify my tpl account — renew items etc — without having to go through their website, which loads so slow for me that i can’t stand it. seems it ought to be possible, just need to be a slightly better coder than me…

    1. Sacha Chua says:

      Oh, I love this, I get to pay you back right away! =) How wonderful!

      TCP Window Scaling; or zomg, the Internetworks for me again

      Hope that works for you. It made such a difference for me!

  2. Matt says:

    That was awesome, and posting the solution to the library website blog led me to this post:

    it looks like it will soon be much easier to build tools that access library data outside the main interface. let’s touch base in a few weeks and see if there’s something fun to work on!


    1. Sacha Chua says:

      Oooh, cool!

      By the way, as a fellow library geek, I think you’ll like Library Elf. Really handy. I love the calendar view, and the texted reminders are handy too.

  3. Matt says:

    yeah, found that on your blog a week or so ago — that’s ultimaitely what inspired me to do the yubnub command. I’d like to see this kind of integration with the UofT library as well — my girlfriend’s on the library committee at New College, maybe we could talk about what kind of tehnologies it makes sense to push for in a context like that. i hate the marginalization of Free Software in the UofT library system, but maybe some kind of Web 2 push isthe way to open things up there.


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