I often use my bookmarks bar in Google Chrome heavily at work and wanted to add separators. Unfortunately for me, Chrome has no native support for separators. Other browsers, such as Firefox, use separators, so why can’t Chrome? Well, I’m not getting into those details, there’s other discussions on the web for that.
I’m here to show a nice compromise. Through my research, I’ve found people who have actually setup pages with a separator favicon which you then must rename to a blank name. This worked well for a compromise, at least until the pages were taken down for whatever reason.
I took this idea, but made a slight twist. I’m not hosting the page, you are. In fact, the URL, which really is a URI since it actually doesn’t go anywhere, is the page itself. I managed to get it to 758 bytes, however, it can get smaller with modification. I can do this using the data URI scheme. This data URI scheme, unlike your typical HTTP URL scheme which tells your browser where the data is, actually contains the data itself.
Anyway, enough jabba jabba! Here’s the URI I’ve been talking about:
I truncated a lot there so it doesn’t shoot off the page, but feel free to click it to actually load it in your browser. Here’s an interesting thought: because it is the data URI and has no association with me or this page, it is simply impossible for me to track it in any way.
I hope someone finds this as useful as I have.
By the way, the data URI I’m sharing here is released under public domain. However, I would appreciate credit if you post this method elsewhere.