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Bug#654896: ITP: xul-ext-debianbuttons -- Buttons for querying Debian-related pages with Iceweasel/Firefox

On Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:02:28 +0100
Adam Borowski <kilobyte@angband.pl> wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 06, 2012 at 05:32:20PM +0100, Tanguy Ortolo wrote:
> > * Package name    : xul-ext-debianbuttons
> > * URL             : https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/debian-buttons/
> >   Description     : Buttons for querying Debian-related pages with Iceweasel/Firefox
> > 
> > Debian buttons is an extension that provides three new buttons for quick
> > access to information about Debian package or bug report on the web
> > using text from the X11 clipboard.
> What's exactly the point of this extension?
> It appears to do exactly nothing a simple keyword can't do.
> Even in bare Firefox, you make a bookmark with URL http://bugs.debian.org/%s
> and keyword "bts", then typing "bts 654896" or "bts bash" gets you there.
> And keywords don't take up screen space a series of buttons does.

Actually, I use epiphany precisely because it does this and
iceweasel does not. Epiphany can provide a toolbar with multiple buttons
with a text entry box next to each one because that means I can put a
number into the box via the middle mouse button and go straight to the
page, no messing with the address bar or having to clear previous stuff
or getting mixed in with the usually unhelpful search help which usually
covers the bit of the screen I want to see... and the button itself
still works as a plain bookmark button. Just what I need.

Browsing experiences and browsing requirements vary enormously. Don't
assume that you would use any package in the way that others would want
to use it.

The three buttons I always end up adding to any epiphany install are
PTS, BTS and Wiki. I find them particularly useful during a release
freeze to get a quick handle on packages with RC bugs. If iceweasel had
the same functionality, it would be better if it was adaptable to a
wide range of other queries but I'd still use it. I also end up adding
ones for ticket numbers and changeset numbers at work and a variety of
others. I don't care if this functionality is available via the address
bar, that's too awkward and requires actions prior to entering the
query data. Just a simple text entry box, ready and waiting is much

Personally, I'd welcome a fix from the epiphany maintainers to
add a Debian toolbar with these buttons already assigned but I'm not
sure if it's sufficiently popular to warrant a wishlist bug.


Neil Williams

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