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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Thursday November 18, 2004
11:10 AM

firefox instead of msie

[ #21907 ]

I'm endeavoring to use Firefox instead of MSIE at work. There are a number of things that require MSIE on our intranet, but not many, and I've been slowly making sure that all the JavaScript in our internal apps is cross-platform friendly. (The last WebKit upgrade made that much easier, as it finally decided that yes, THEAD elements are part of the node tree.)

The thing that bugged me most was the lack of my OmniWeb shortcuts. Sure, I didn't have them in MSIE, but now that I'm using a real browser, I wanted all the stuff I have on my Mac. A shortcut is a parameterized bookmark, so I can type "w 18018" into the URL bar and get my local weather. I knew Firefox could do this, but I figured it needed an extension. After some yelling in #perl, I was told that Mozilla bookmarks do this by default. All those years before MSIE, loving bookmark keywords, and I never knew this!

So, I wrote a nice little hack to convert my OW5 shortcuts into a Mozilla bookmarks file. A few caveats: I think the current version of Netscape::Bookmarks has a bug which, when fixed, will require alterations to that script. (I'll comment it accordingly.) Also, it requires a patch to NS::B (that I've sent to bdfoy) to allow SHORTCUTURL to be added to Netscape::Bookmark::Link objects.

Still, yay!

In other news, Metroid Prime 2 continues to rule.

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  • I gotta tellya, if you're using firefox without this extension you're missing out on quite a bit.

    For whatever reason, this extension hasn't made the migration from the old extension pages to the ones currently opened by clicking "Get More Extensions" in firefox. However it's been updated to work with Firefox 1.0 and is a joy to use.

    If you liked tabs before, you'll LOVE them after you install this puppy.

    it is CONSIDERABLY different and far more advanced