1. Browser Shortcuts
Uses of these shortcuts include being used for using specially enabled features of web browsers (or other applications) to allow the user to type a shortcut representing a specific book followed by a string (such as a page or paragraph number or search item) and then be brought to that page or paragraph of the book (or to a set of search results within that item), in most cases to a page of the Sacred Writings here at Bahá'í Library Online.
For example, you might type control-L (or command-L) to be brough to your browser's URL window, then type a shortcut (say, "gwb" for the book Gleanings) followed by a space and a page number (say, "52"), and the program would bring you to http://bahai-library.com/writings/bahaullah/gwb/gleaningsall.html#52 , or in other words, to page 52 of Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh here at Bahá'í Library Online
In addition to the abbreviations above, adding the letter "p" to the shortcuts will usually bring one to a paragraph number for the text, if paragraphs exist in the document in question (e.g., "kap" could be used for "Kitáb-i-Aqdas paragraph"). In a few cases, "s" is used similarly to denote a section (e.g., "gwbs" for a section number of Gleanings). The letter "y" is also used after book abbreviations to perform a Yahoo site search for text within that specific book (or collection); just type the search string after the abbreviation (e.g,. "gwby God" would search Gleanings for "God").
If you prefer to get quickly to the Writings from menus rather than having to remember shortcuts, you might be interested in using Jump-to-page site which has a menu of all of the Sacred Writings, and then one simply needs to type a page (or paragraph or section) number and hit return to go to it directly.
PC or Macintosh
Firefox or Mozilla provide this functionality through "Custom Keywords". You can download a set of our pre-made shortcuts for a bookmarks file here. If you save this file on your hard-drive, be sure to find-and-replace all instances of "& amp;" (without the space) (if your browser generates them when saving an HTML file) with "&" in the source code (or avoid this by copying and pasting the source code directly from the live version and create your own local HTML file), go to Firefox's Bookmarks Manager (i.e., "Manage Bookmarks..."), and choose "import" from the menu. You should then choose the option to import from a file, and then find our bookmarks file on your hard-drive. You should then be able to use the shortcuts provided. You can find out what the shortcuts are by looking either at the Bookmarks properties, or by finding the bookmarks in the Bookmarks Manager and having "keywords" selected to appear in your view of the Bookmarks Manager columns. The keywords are listed here and are mostly intuitive, however, so you will probably not need to consult them often. Just remember to separate the keyword and search term (or page number) with a space.
If you wish to be able to use the search sites to search highlighted text in your browser (activated by clicking the right mouse button (contextual menu)), you can install this extension.
Regarding other Bahá'í-related Mozilla-type program, see also here and here.
For the Macintosh, one can also get the free software, Sogudi, to use with the web browser Safari. We have a list of pre-made shortcuts saved as a Sogudi preferences file here.
If one also obtains the free software, "Quicksilver" and a free plugin (search the page for "Sogudi"), then one can also access these shortcuts not only from within the URL window of Safari, but also, after typing a keyboard shortcut to access the program (the default command is apple-space), one can get them globally (i.e., from whatever program you are in).
Likewise, the program Saft also for Safari (at the time of writing, $12 USD), can allow for shortcuts. In addition, these shortcuts become available as additional options through the Safari search bar as well as in contextual menu searches. (One could also use Saft's sidebar feature to save our scripture search page or similar Bahá'í search pages as a local HTML file to become accessible from the sidebar (see the instructions), as well as our RSS pages as RSS feeds.) To download the shortcuts ready for Saft import, download the file here and then go to Safari, choose preferences, choose Saft, choose the shortcuts submenu, and then click on the small-left arrow towards the bottom and middle of the window to select and import your locally-saved file.
Other programs may have such functionality. Please contact us if you can adapt our preferences file and shortcuts for your browser.
2. Wiki Shortcuts
Our wiki site has added these abbreviations to our "interwiki" list, so that it is possible for one to use the shortcuts in place of URL's within the wiki code. For example, to link to page 15 of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, one simply needs to type [[ka:15|]] into the wiki edit window (the double-brackets make a link and the pipe symbol after the number is shorthand for saying that the text preceding the pipe but after the colon is what should appear as the face of the link).