User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.2) Gecko/20040819 Firefox/0.9.1+ Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.2) Gecko/20040819 Firefox/0.9.1+ It would be nice to be able to enter the website URL into "Feed location" field, and o have Firefox detect the correct RSS link automagically, when <link rel="alternate" ..... > links are provided. And only if that fails, Firefox should say that "Life bookmark failed to load". That should probably be done when adding it, so that we don't need to parse the whole webpage each and every time the browser is run. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: Run Firefox choose "Manage bookmarks", File > New life bookmark... and enter a URL of the website of which you know to provide an "alternate" <link> element. Click OK and close bookmark manager open the bookmarks menu and scroll to the new life bookmark item Actual Results: The item either remains as "Life bookmark loading...", or says "Life bookmark failed to load" Expected Results: Firefox should detect an "alternate" <link> element, and follow it.
we already parse the entire page to lay it out, its trivial to grab any appropriate link tag after that, and give the user the option to add the feed directly. Why we would add a function that basically invisibly loads the page, then parses it, then adds the live bookmark instead of just offering the option in the context of browsing the page is beyond me. Other than loading the page anyway, how are you going to know whether there's a link element anyway? And if you went to the trouble of FINDING that via View Source, you could just copy the feed URL from the tag anyway. And maybe the kicker is, 99% of our users probably don't know how to find a valid link tag on their own, so its not something that belongs in the core since its a generally useless concept. "Live bookmark failed to load" is due to connection/parsing issues just as often, so I'm not sure what your point was there. This is more complex and has no perf/usability advantage over being able to add feeds while on the site. In fact, its more complex and more code. WONTFIX.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
what i ment was that maybe FFox should not trust that _entered_ link blindly, but should insted check it and see, if it's really an RSS feed, and if it's not, then check wether it's an HTML page providing an alternate link. For me personally, it's not hard to find that RSS link, no matter if it's a banner, or a <link> element. However, not every average user can read HTML, imho. This feature would help such users.
(In reply to comment #2) > For me personally, it's not hard to find that RSS link, no matter if it's a > banner, or a <link> element. However, not every average user can read HTML, > imho. This feature would help such users. What Mike is saying is that you can right click on any such element and select "Copy Link Location", and then paste it in the new Live Bookmark dialog (liVe btw, not liFe). No need to read HTML.
I completely agree with that, but the thing is that "Add New live bookmark..." dialog (the one reacheable via bookmarks manager) currently presumes that you already KNOW the exact location of an RSS feed. However, you may not always know it (i.e., you may have forgotten it or whatever), plus, some average user without knowledge about what exactly an RSS feed is, may think "i want to see all the news from site X in my bookmarks" and try to add a live bookmark to site X, without digging a lot and searching for an appropriate RSS feed link. Even for me it would be easier to add LB's without first looking at the site itself and copying the link from it. that was just a feature request anyways. And sorry for the typo. :)
sorry for bugspam, long-overdue mass reassign of ancient QA contact bugs, filter on "beltznerLovesGoats" to get rid of this mass change
QA Contact: mconnor → bookmarks
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