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Dear Aunt TUAW: How do I edit that Reading List thing?

Dear Aunt TUAW,

I've been trying to figure out if there is a way to add a URL to Reading List from outside of Safari, i.g. right-clicking a link in a Twitter post and using an Automator action from the services menu, etc... I don't see ANYTHING in Automator or AppleScript about Reading List. This seems very stupid to me being that the only way Reading List has a chance of getting used instead of Instapaper is to throw things into it from every possible browsing location. Have you come across anything yet?

Your loving nephew,

Dan B

Dear Dan,

Auntie hasn't had much opportunity to explore the new Reading List under the hood but she did find that the standard Safari bookmarks property list has been expanded. In ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist, Auntie found references like this:

ReadingList = {
DateLastFetched = 2011-07-12 23:21:06 +0000;
PreviewText = "SCHEDULES RTD SYSTEM INFO RIDER TOOLS FARES & PASSES BUSINESS CENTER INSIDE RTD SEARCH View the entire RTD system at a glanc";
};
URIDictionary = {
title = "http://www3.rtd-denver.com/elbert/SystemMap/";
};
URLString = "http://www3.rtd-denver.com/elbert/SystemMap/";
WebBookmarkType = WebBookmarkTypeLeaf;
WebBookmarkUUID = "EBC18578-DF36-46B3-86A5-561DBCB0D7AC";
},

She hasn't had much luck discovering where the local files are cached yet, but surely one of her many TUAW nieces and nephews may be able to help out here in the comments, possibly explaining if setting items in the ReadingList here is alone sufficient to make them cache out.

Hugs,

Aunt TUAW

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