Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 05:46:19 AM EST
As regular readers of the European Tribune know, user someone wrote an extension of the Firefox browser, TribExt, for easier blogging on the site (downloadable via its link in the blue background box in the sidebar). Firefox has recently switched to fast development with a regular schedule for releasing new versions, while those tinkering with TribExt are busy, so regrettably we have been late with updates.
Now I'm releasing a new version of TribExt updated to be compatible up to Firefox 6 (which is already available in test versions and should be in wide release in the third quarter of this year) and fixed some bugs in it. For details, see below the fold. Also, someone is preparing a proper new version with new features.
About the now released TribExt 0.1234_4FF6 version, from least to most visible changes:
- The code was checked thoroughly for any functions that changed from FF3.6 to FF4, FF5 and FF6. However, if there is a bug due to something overlooked or undocumented, please report it.
- TribExt can be adapted to different locales (language setting), although it appears I am the only one making use of a locale other than US English. The localisation had some minor bugs, now solved, but you shouldn't notice any difference.
- From FF4, there is a new add-on manager (one that opens in a tab instead of a new window). TribExt is now compatible with both the old and new add-on managers. Note however that older bugs remain: you have to wipe multiple key shortcut settings to the same key combination before changing key prefs, and you have to re-start FF for those changes to apply.
- When you use the copy html features in TribExt, the copied stuff is stored (you can view it in the copy sidebar), and TribExt recommends that you wipe it once the storage space fills up to some level. That level was pretty low (100kB), so it is now increased tenfold (to 1MB).
- TribExt has a feature creating bilingual columns (used to quote non-English sources with their translation). This feature also has an auto-translate function using Google translate. This function was out of work ever since Google updated the html of the Google translate page, which has now been mended, and more language options have been added in the menu. I warn of one unsolved bugginess: occasionally when you use auto-translate to overwrite an existing translation, Firefox freezes.
Direct download link: tribext01234_4FF6.xpi