Adding functionality of a Web Assistant to Mozilla is a wonderful extra. Details are in attachment (pdf, 7 pages).
Created attachment 86043 [details] Web Assistant details Here is the details. Drop me an email if you wabt to discuss anything about it.
Can we have a brief summary of what this is about (as a comment, not as PDF), please?
-> I can't fix this one
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Assignee: Matti → nobody
Actually the first part of the document is like a brief, you can start from there. But I see, this is already assigned to "nobody". well, it is still a good idea anyway, if you read and think about it.
What exactly are you proposing be added to Mozilla? Bookmarks already have the capability to check for updates at some schedule. See the Schedule tab in a bookmarks' properties.
Well, did you read the document? Yes, bookmarks can tell whether "a site is updated or not" But what I propose is a mechanism not only checks a site for updates, but also retrieve the updated content itself! and also gives user to define content based alerts. This is far beyond the bookmarks update checking features. It checks for sites for you without visiting it, if something new, or something of your interest (using alerts) it retrieves some portion of the content and link to site, and gives you full control, you dont continuously check the site, therefore not loose time, or you dont miss something of your interest just because you didnt visited the site in the right time, it browses sites for you in the background, analyses them and gives the results to you.
Neil, bookmarks alone can not tell when a specific part of a page has updated. Consider the case of cnn.com. It is continually updated. If you just rely on http to tell if the page has been modified, the notification will be meaningless.
see bug 8648
Summary: Implement a Web Assistant for Mozilla → Web Assistant - notification system of site content update
(In reply to comment #9) > Neil, bookmarks alone can not tell when a specific part of a page has updated. > Consider the case of cnn.com. It is continually updated. If you just rely on > http to tell if the page has been modified, the notification will be meaningless. Right. How about integration of update notifications with RSS-feeds? Assign the bookmark URL a RSS-feed and there you go. One could then choose the action that will happen when clicking on the bookmark button: either go to the URL or subsequently go to the new links provided be the RSS-feed. Neat, not?
(In reply to comment #11) Additionally, the context menu of that bookmark could open an internally generated web page displaying the new headlines of the RSS-feed.
(In reply to comment #12) Or a RSS-feed could be represented as a special implementation of a bookmarks folder with dynamic content consisting of Headlines as bookmark names and Tooltips containing the short descriptions... one could skip through news just by moving the mouse pointer over the RSS-feed bookmark folder :)
currently not suitable I guess.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 12 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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