Last updated on February 7, 2019
Liquid Web Browser plugin for Safari and/or Chrome and/or Firefox, depending on ease of initial implementation.
Liquid | Reader Browser Plugin
Main functions: Download PDF with citation information & Augmented Copying.
Preferences include simple on/off options:
‘Auto-Append Citation Information if found?’
‘Augmented Copy on regular cmd-c (•) or shift-command-c?()’
With brief descriptions of each function.
Download PDF with Citation Information
User visits an academic download site (initially supporting https://dl.acm.org/) and searches for a document and finds one which the user then chooses to download. The downloaded PDF will automatically have all the citation information pasted as metainformation, ready for use by Liquid | Reader, Liquid | View and other applications:
The plugin checks all pages for citation information, such as BibTeX (the authors of the document, the title and so on).
If the user chooses to download a PDF the plugin shows a dialog to the user (same as Author’s citation dialog) which the user can OK, amend and OK or choose Ignore. Unless the user chooses Ignore then all the meta will be assigned to the PDF in the Get Info window, as though it was exported originally like this. There will also be an option to ‘Do not show this dialog in the future’ and stay with last used preference.
Liquid | Reader will use this information so that if a user copies text from such a Rich PDF, all the citation information will be automatically appended and if the user pastes into Author it will paste as a citation. The forthcoming Liquid | View graph application can also use this meta-information. Since this will follow the Adobe PDF Meta information standards, other applications are open to using it too, where supported: https://www.prepressure.com/pdf/basics/metadata
The user can copy from any web page and the clipboard payload will also contain in-page addressability, where possible, and author name, also where possible, in a citation ready format. Christopher Gutteridge may support this effort.