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TribExt for Firefox 6

by DoDo 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.

There is another unsolved old bug which affects some computers (including my work computer): dynamic rating doesn't work. I tried to solve this several times, but I am still completely at a loss. I now ask you to A) report if you have this problem too, B) ask me for details if you are well versed in Javascript and/or html requests and may have ideas.

Direct download link: tribext01234_4FF6.xpi

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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 05:47:25 AM EST
only links to this diary.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 06:15:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Fixed (an equal sign was missing).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 06:26:19 AM EST
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I never understood why I couldn't get the translation feature to work, I'll be more inclined to post French material in future

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 06:14:02 AM EST
My repaired fast beast runs Ice Weasel which I'm told is a version of FireFox. Any suggestions?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 06:17:45 AM EST
Iceweasel seems to be a Firefox version issued by Debian with modifications not approved by Mozilla. What version is it? I say an attempt to install it won't hurt.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 01:12:34 PM EST
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version 3.5.16

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 05:27:01 PM EST
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I installed FF 5, then the new tribext.

Translate works fine, a great improvement.

Dynamic ratings still don't work for me, though (as with FF 3 and 4).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 08:15:54 AM EST
Thank you for all the hard work!
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 09:28:47 AM EST
If only I could get service like this from companies I actually have to pay!

Thanks!

aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 12:52:28 PM EST
Golly gum drops! Is there already a Firefox 6?  I've only just converted from 3 to 4.

Great work - I must install and play.

by Pope Epopt on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 06:46:32 PM EST
Chrome vs Firefox notes:

I've been using Chrome for the last six months or so, and I've just downloaded FF5 to compare (on a Mac).

Good:
Much faster. Page rendering is practically instant.
Doesn't do the stupid Chrome thing of thrashing the disk while it chokes on its own cache.
Doesn't seem to use as much memory.

Bad:
Still races with 100% CPU.

The 100% CPU problem has been on Macs since FF3. It's appeared on three different Macs here, and unfortunately I think it makes FF unusable - trying to use a browser that maxes out the CPU is just silly.

So - reluctantly - I'm sticking with Chrome for now.

(It would be good to find some time to see if it's possible to Chrome-ify TribExt - but that's not likely soon.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 07:00:20 PM EST
Maxing the CPU is a very important negative, especially for older computers. No?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Jun 24th, 2011 at 02:01:49 AM EST
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Still races with 100% CPU.

This could this be a problem with the Flash plugin. Could you try the following?

  1. Try updating the Flash plugin;
  2. if that doesn't do the trick, install (if you haven't already) the Flashblock add-on.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 24th, 2011 at 03:47:29 AM EST
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I've done the debugging rounds and seen Flash, Java and other things blamed.

Nothing I tried fixed the problem. And Chrome doesn't have the problem, so it wins by default.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Jun 24th, 2011 at 07:09:07 AM EST
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I have Firefox 5. I get an error message when I use the direct link to get Tribext. (500 internal server error.)
Sigh.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Fri Jul 1st, 2011 at 03:52:55 AM EST


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