I suspect many of my readers have written at least one jQuery Plugin / Script. In this post, I’d like to show you how to get the most out of that script by also releasing it as a jQuery Bookmarklet. Below, you’ll find two examples of utilities that are ripe for bookmarkleting, as well as a prepared jQuery Bookmarklet file that you can easily modify for the purpose.
Note: Even if you haven’t written a jQuery plugin before, you’ll find bookmarkleting someone else’s plugin as easy as using it on a site.
Before I get to the code though – take a look at the payload. You can add the following links as bookmarklets by right-clicking and selecting “Add to bookmarks / favorites” (in Chrome, you press “ctrl+shift+b” to open the bookmark manager, and drag them over). You can try them before you bookmark them by simply clicking the links on this page too.
Clicking the above link will add the table sorter jquery plugin to the page, including its stylesheet, and it will apply the script to all tables on the page. Once it’s loaded, you can click on any of the table column headers to sort the rows by column values.
The visualizer bookmarklet will add graphical representations of the data in the table. As with the table sorter, this bookmarklet was adapted from a pre-existing plugin, Filament’s jQuery Visualize.