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New feature: Webslice
· 2009-04-20 14:31 by Thijs Kroesbergen for Brokenwire.NET

Brokenwire.NET now has it’s own webslice. You may wonder what a webslice is. Remember 1997 ? That’s when we had snippets of web pages on our active desktop! Well a web slice is just that, it’s a piece of information from a site inside a small window in your browser. Internet Explorer 8 is the only browser that supports these things right now.

When you have installed the slice on you browser’s favorites bar it will look like this:

So if you have IE8 you can click on the small link in the right sidebar on this site to add the Brokenwire.NET webslice to your own browser.

Creating such a slice is very easy, with some help of this blogpost about webslices I was able to do this in 10 minutes.

The basic HTML structure:

<title>Page Title</title>
<div class="hslice" id="techologynews">
<h2 class="entry-title">IE 8 web slice</h2>
<div class="entry-content">
<p><a href='#'>Link 1</a></p>
<p><a href='#'>Link 2</a></p>
<p><a href='#'>Link 3</a></p>

The basic rules:

    1. The WebSlice must use the class name hslice in the container.
    2. Each WebSlice must contain an ID in the container. This is how the WebSlice will be differentiated from others on the page.
    3. The WebSlice must have at least one entry-title element defined. This will be displayed both in the page and in the feed button that appear in the Favorites Bar when a user subscribes to the WebSlice.
    4. While not required, each WebSlice should contain at least one entry-content element. This is the information that will appear when the user selects the WebSlice from their Favorites Bar.

There is also an official Microsoft whitepaper about webslices.

I wonder if anybody is actually going to use this, but it was a nice thing to play with for a bit.


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