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no way exists to block advertisements by wildcard string as in adblock mozdev project



Camino Graveyard
14 years ago
14 years ago


(Reporter: Jennifer, Assigned: Mike Pinkerton (not reading bugmail))


Mac OS X





14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.5b) Gecko/20030907 Camino/0.7+
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.5b) Gecko/20030907 Camino/0.7+

Adblock (http://adblock.mozdev.org) is an enhancement for Mozilla and Firebird
which allows users to specify wildcard strings for images that the user does not
want to see. This is usually advertisements though it could be used for other
purposes as well. Because of the overwhelming invasiveness, annoyance factor,
and large graphic size in some cases, it is preferable that an option be
provided to block image loading by wildcard, which is totally inactive if the
user does nothing and doesn't mind seeing ads. The adblock extension cannot be
installed at all on Camino as it does not download the extension at all. For
this reason, an adblock equivalent should be developed for Camino which can
block images, Flash files, and iframes. The lack of any such option is a major
reason, if not the sole reason I am not using Camino, and I'd like to try using it.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Visit http://adblock.mozdev.org
2. Try to install
3. Camino doesn't support extensions as it doesn't try to download the file

Actual Results:  
Nothing happens

Expected Results:  
This is more of a suggested implementation, instead of "expected results". Since
adblock does not add anything to the interface widgets but sprouts a new menu
item in the tools menu, which doesn't exist in Camino, perhaps the View menu
would be a good place to add a new menu item for this kind of UI.

Comment 1

14 years ago
This seems to be a duplicate of Bug 155315.

I do agree that now more than ever, since more and more browsers bundle with
image/ad/banner blcoking capabilities, this feature should be reconciderd.
Especially since the code base and extensive userContent.css is available to
create such a preference.

Comment 2

14 years ago
I don't run OS X, and I know some of these prefs are firebird-specific, but have
you tried the code on http://texturizer.net/firebird/tips.html to see if this is
a valid work around for Camino?


14 years ago
Target Milestone: --- → Camino1.2

Comment 3

14 years ago
 I agree with the sentiment that Camino should have Adblock like features or the
ability to use Adblock but I think the issue simply stems from the fact that
Mozilla and Firebird are both using XUL for their user interface and these
extensions take advantage of that.

 Camino is built using Mac OS X native Cocoa so the XUL extensions simply do not

 I think it may be possible to create Camino extensions using SIMBL (
http://culater.net/software/SIMBL/SIMBL.php ) as this technology was used to
give Safari, which is also Cocoa, Adblocking and Shortcut features that
integrate into it's menus and preference pane similar to the way XUL extensions
modify Firebird and Mozilla.

Comment 4

14 years ago
Re: comment 3, I'm not sure that XUL is a prerequisite for this sort of thing. 
I've been using the code from Comment 2 in by userContent.css, it works, and I
think the Adblock extention does basically the same thing, but the extension
provides a UI dialog that Camino lacks.

Perhaps this should be marked milestone 0.9 for the "big prefs overhaul."

Comment 5

14 years ago
Sorry, misunderstood comment 3.  Yea, XUL is needed to use FB extensions 'out of
the box.'  I misinterpreted that to mean XUL was needed to implement some type
of adblock preference UI in Camino which, of course, is not the case.  SIMBL
looks interesting.  I'll shut up now.

Comment 6

14 years ago
Duping this to Camino's "image blocking" bug, although it also relates to bug

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 155315 ***
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
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