Split a webpage into 2 with this bookmarklet

In: Mozilla|Neat Stuff|Web development

18 Jul 2004

Cedric asked for Document-splitting in Web browsers and promptly got it (read the comment by Jeff Mesnil in Cedric’s blog entry).

Jeff Mesnil whipped up 2 bookmarklets in the space of less than one and a half hours that allows you to split a browser into 2 frames. How does it do that? It loads the current URL in a frameset consisting of 2 frames (both showing the same URL). A simple, yet genius, idea.

Here’s a screenshot of a blog entry split vertically:

Screenshot of webbrowser split vertically

Notice how it could be useful when cross-referencing something on the same webpage, particularly if it’s a long vertical-scrolling page. A perfect use case would be referring back to a long blog entry when making a comment.

Here’s the same page split horizontally.

Screenshot of webbrowser split horizontally

There are probably lots of other use cases for a webpage splitter. Cedric’s in particular is this:

Just recently, I was reading an article that showed a figure at the top and which constantly referred to this figure in the rest of the article.

Thanks Jeff for writing the bookmarklets and Cedric for thinking of it.

8 Responses to Split a webpage into 2 with this bookmarklet

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Andy Edmonds

July 18th, 2004 at 3am

Nifty, I did something similar back in January but tried to synch the scrolling between the two panes to faciliate reading from long pages.

http://www.surfmind.com/musings/2004/01/06/

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matt

July 18th, 2004 at 6am

neato.. thanks for the info, now i have a better way to read all those long papers with endless refernces and code when i’m doing my research –

also thanks for inculding screenshots when you talk about firefox stuff, it helped me to find where the llivemark icon was. i really couldnt find it.

:)

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Sencer

July 19th, 2004 at 1am

That is very useful. Thank you.

Another useful feature, which I have come across recently is this extension:

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=86051

When pressing Alt-O it shows you the outline of the current document, and let’s you quickly jump to places. (this requires that the current page has semantically correct hx Tags, obviously).

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Cheah Chu Yeow

July 19th, 2004 at 1am

Wow Sencer that is a good tip! You are right it really needs more attention. Coming soon…

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Otaku, Cedric's weblog

July 18th, 2004 at 11pm

Document-splitting: the solution
In case you didn’t read the comments on my previous weblog entry:  Jeff Mesnil wrote two quick yet very ingenious bookmarklets that allow you to split a Web page horizontally…

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jenett.radio

July 20th, 2004 at 4am

a few tools (and kitties too)…

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Eight Degree

July 24th, 2004 at 2pm

Split a webpage in your browser
You will love this! Now you can split your html document in your webbrowser (currently only in firefox and safari). A great solution. In the past I would open up two windows, resize them and put them next to each

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Mama Write's Sideblog

July 25th, 2004 at 2am

Two Panes
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