Firebug 1.0 Beta

Posted by Patrice Neff Mon, 04 Dec 2006

The new version of Firebug is now available. It’s the 1.0 beta release. It contains some great new features and I’d advise you to try it out if you develop web sites.

Joe was pondering to make the new version a commercial release. Instead he has now decided to leave it Open Source but asks for donations.

Firefox quick search

Posted by Patrice Neff Fri, 22 Sep 2006

scrshot_firefox_quicksearch.png A lot of people don’t know one of the nicest features about Firefox: quick search. In Firefox you can turn any bookmark into a search action.

For that just create a new bookmark and add the following properties:

  • Name: Whatever you like
  • Location: URL of the search but with %s where the query is supposed to be
  • Keyword: The shortcut you want for this search

So for example in the screenshot the keyword is tel. Now you can enter “tel kay in basel” to find all Kay’s in Basel. A few shortcuts I have configures are.

NameLocationKeywordExample
local.ch phone bookhttp://tel.local.ch/q/?q=teltel patrice in st. gallen
Yahoo! Searchhttp://search.yahoo.com/search?
ei=UTF-8&fr=sfp&p=%s
ss Webtuesday
map.search.chhttp://map.search.ch/%smapmap st.gallen
local.ch “map”http://tel.local.ch/%sdirdir st.gallen linsebuehlstr.

The name and keyword can of course be chosen to fit your needs. And the URLs are of course in one line, I had to break them here a bit because of display issues.

That’s how I search most of my information. Though with a few more shortcuts defined. Somehow I’m able to remember all or most them, strangely enough.