10/06/2020

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# Tom Critchlow, along with Toby Shorin, has been working on a way to better present quotations from other sites. They came up with Quotebacks - a JavaScript library and Chrome extension to grab quotations then generate the required code to embed them on your site or blog. All you need to do is include or reference the library.

A great idea!

It's left me thinking about what I could do natively on the blog.

Today he mentions that a number of people had suggested integrating the ScrollToTextFragment proposal to deep link to any text fragment within a page. I wasn't aware of this and that it had actually been introduced in Chrome v80 before recently creating my own fragment system which also scrolls the fragment text into view.

Although Chrome holds the lion's share of the browser market I think it's a bit silly to build functionality around something that is only supported by one browser - it's only a Chrome thing, not even a Chromium thing!

I do, however, think the proposed specification is a great idea and would love to see support adopted across all browsers; I'm just not terribly sold on the :~: delimiter.

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