Simply Jonathan

Capturing page fragments

John Gruber outlines his wishes for Twitter’s new longer tweet format:

This sounds like what I’ve been hoping they’d do: treat longer-than-140-character posts as an attachment type, like quoted tweets, images, etc.

An idea for a service I’ve been idly considering for some time: Capture part of a page, and if requested with an Accept header that prefers images over HTML, show the text as an image.

Sort of like a mix of Mozilla’s PageShot (but instead do it for excerpts) and OneShot and similar apps for text-fragments-as-screenshots.

This would be ideal for Twitter clients, although I’m not sure whether (any) Twitter clients actually explicitly prefer images over HTML. Considering how most of them embed images inline, I think they should, though.

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