You can access favourite maps, multi-user chat rooms,
and even launch external applications by adding them to the Bookmarks
menu. Once added, any bookmarked item appears directly in that (ever-growing)
Bookmarks menu, and can be selected from there. Items
may be added in two different ways:
1. Add bookmark button:
Certain windows have an 'Add bookmark' icon that looks like this:
This icon appears at the top of Maps, Groupchat windows,
and 'Jabber browser' windows (the latter is mainly for advanced users).
When you are using a map or groupchat that you want to save for easy access
later, just click on the 'Add bookmark' icon and the item will instantly
be added to the Bookmarks menu for easy access in the future.
2. Manual 'add bookmark' menu: selecting the
menu item Bookmarks... Add bookmark... brings up a dialogue
box where you are asked to specify three things: (i) Boomark name
(this is totally up to you), (ii) JID/url/path (this
depends on the 'type' as we'll see in a moment), and (iii) Bookmark type,
which is one of six types as described below:
- Application is the type to select when you
want to launch any favourite application directly from the
Bookmarks menu in BuddySpace. You can name the bookmark whatever you
like, as shown below, and most importantly in this case you must yourself
identify the precise directory navigation path that leads straight
to the application, and enter it in the second text field (e.g. c:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe
in the example below).
- Buddyspace map is the type you would choose
if you wanted manually to enter the path to a known map within the
BuddySpace maps folder, e.g. samples/Office.ygf (but maps are really
a lot easier to specify by opening them normally and then selecting
the 'add bookmark' button!).
- Groupchat is the type you would choose if
you wanted manually to enter the a known 'conference room' by giving
its full 'Jabber ID', which looks something like this: email@example.com
(but groupchats are really a lot easier to
specify by opening them normally and then selecting the 'add bookmark'
- Jabber browse is the type you would choose
if you wanted manually to enter the kind of item you find on the Jabber...
Browse services... menu, by giving its full 'Jabber ID', which
looks something like this: conference.jabber.org (but
groupchats are really a lot easier to specify by opening them normally
and then selecting the 'add bookmark' button!).
- Registration is like 'Jabber browse' immediately
above, but is useful for bookmarking 'one level deeper', i.e. going
directly to a registration form for an external 'transport' such as
MSN Messenger; you can do this by giving its full 'Jabber ID', which
looks something like this: jabber-msn.open.ac.uk (you
could also have selected 'Jabber browse' to be the type for this, but
selecting Regisration changes the functionality and takes you to the
- Web page is the type to select when you
want to manually bookmark any particular web page, by entering its full
URL such as: http://kmi.open.ac.uk
If you change your mind or want to get rid of any
bookmark, it can be selected specifically by choosing the menu item Bookmarks...
Delete bookmark... and then you can choose it from the pop-up