G-language Bookmarklet is a visual gateway to numerous biological resources, implemented as an interactive ring menu. Call up the bookmarklet from any web page after selecting a keyword of interest from the web page.
Since it is more easily to see an actual example, click on the following link. Then bookmark the following link to open it up on any web page.
Use Safari 4, Firefox 3.5 or above for full functionality.
- Invoking the ring: click on the bookmarklet from your browser. Highlight a text within the web page before invoking the ring to use the word for querying. Otherwise a prompt window comes up, where you can type in the query keyword.
- Rotating the ring: use mouse scroll wheels, LEFT/RIGHT keys, or two-finger rotation gesture on iPad/iPhone.
- Selecting an item: click on an icon to select, and click again to open up, or press ENTER.
- Reverting the ring: press UP key, or pinch-in gesture on iPad/iPhone.
- Freeing the ring: move the mouse cursor away, press ESCAPE, right click, or pinch-out gesture on iPad/iPhone.
From the top icon in clockwise order, the icons represent the following:
- EMBOSS REST Services: select a program in EMBOSS REST Service, first by selecting the analysis category from the second-level ring, and then selecting the program that you would like to execute. This service also includes 40 tools from Keio Bioinformatics Web Services.
- BLAST Search: you can select amino acid or nucleotide sequence to start with, which will automatically run BLAST search against Swissprot database on the first hand.
You can also create your own customized and personalized ring using this tool. http://www.g-language.org/cube/generator/
Simply change the URLs and descriptions to suit your needs and to change the icons, drag&drop to reorder the list, and add or delete the ring items. You can choose from a collection of ring items to include in your own personalized ring.
In Safari, bookmarks placed on the bookmark-bar can be opened using Command + number. So if you place the G-language Bookmarklet to be the left-most bookmark on the bookmark bar, you can press Command + 1 to invoke the ring anytime.
Alternatively, in MacOS X, you can assign keyboard shortcuts from the "Keyboard" preferences panel in the System Preferences. Here you can set your own key combination to load a bookmark.
G-language Bookmarklet utilizes several features of HTML5 (round-rect elements, drop-shadow effects, and Audio() class). In order to use full functionality, use Firefox 3.5 or above, or Safari 4 or above.
Chrome works ok but without the sound effects (Chrome does not have codec for WAV files).
- G-language Bookmarklet fails to load on pages using frames.
- 2010.12.22 version 0.7 Custom Ring Generator, direct link to search results page for Entrez search
- 2010.11.08 version 0.6 release (new window support, ring items for Mashup Awards 6th)
- 2010.07.05 Reflect.ws support
- 2010.02.12 First public release
G-language Bookmarklet is provided under the MIT License.
You can find these information at the BioHackathon2010 site.