February 04, 2008

Simplifying web-based processes

CoScripter is a system for recording, automating, and sharing processes performed in a web browser such as printing photos online, requesting a vacation hold for postal mail, or checking bank account information. Instructions for processes are recorded and stored in easy-to-read text here on the CoScripter web site, so anyone can make use of them. If you are having trouble with a web-based process, check to see if someone has written a CoScript for it!

An important part of the CoScripter experience is a custom browser extension for Mozilla Firefox that automates the process of recording and playing back processes. To download and install the extension, visit the download page. If you don't use the Firefox browser, you can still use the instructions provided by the scripts to manually complete web-based processes.

CoScripter is still a research project at IBM Almaden Research Center (IBM's second largest research center in the United States). You could post your comments in the forum. You can also mail at coscripter@almaden.ibm.com. Help and documentation is available here.

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