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The ‘mock browser’ screen add-on spec

July 26, 2013

For user and coder purpose of endless variations on theme of Web browser functionality, add-ons came into existence. Four notable browsers to support add-ons include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera. These can be thought of as regular software applications that run only with the browser.

Anyone has a need for a mock browser screen. Let’s explain how such an add-on would work.

If you’ve ever wanted to transform a Web page into a photograph that can be drawn over, then what you have in essence would be a page of a document that can be marked up like a book. An application that would let the reader embellish any page of any document would amount to note-taking with a series of colored pens or markers.

Personally, I would suggest offering a palette by letting the user “bookmark” a series of colors to preserve indefinitely in the program, offering only white and black as standard.

Such an add-on could let the reader make marks throughout the page that would make it a cinch to refer to like a note card. Then these pages can be “pinned” to the left and referred to in any piece of writing without re-reading the entire page over and over again.

The document could also be saved to disc or kept in a specially-titled set of frames unique to the add-on, letting a collection of such pages be Opened without keeping them all in individual tabs. The advantage would be to minimize clutter in the browser window and take control over collections of notes for specific projects.

The idea of the “mock browser” screen means that it is no longer functional in the sense of pointing and clicking on links but instead transformed into the paint-able document.

I’m sure that anyone can appreciate the potential of such a program and that someone out there would love to see this idea implemented on a favorite browser.

If you love to code and want to use the idea for a browser add-on, I say go for it.

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