File Bookmark Dialog should take keyword, comment, etc



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17 years ago
3 years ago


(Reporter: Izel Sulam, Assigned: Vaclav Dvorak)


Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)


(Whiteboard: [patchlove: comment 37-38])


(1 attachment, 1 obsolete attachment)



17 years ago
When a user chooses to "File a Bookmark", he is given the option to
specifiy/modify the URL, specify/modify the name for the bookmark, and
specify/modify under which directory it should be filed.

But when a user goes into the bookmark manager, right-clicks a bookmark, and
chooses Properties, he is offered Bookmark, Name, Keyword and Comments entry
fields under the Info tab.

It is inconvenient for a user to have to go into the bookmark manager every time
he wants to associate a keyword with, or add some comments about, a website. A
user should be allowed to enter all relevant information about a bookmark the
first time he files it.

Namely, the Add Bookmark dialog box (that comes up when a user chooses Bookmarks
/ File Bookmark) should have the Keyword and Comments entry fields in addition
to all the others.

Comment 1

17 years ago
This is not the same as bug 82721, which deals with an underlying API.  It is
presumably blocked by that, though.

Clarifying the summary, marking NEW.
Depends on: 82721
Ever confirmed: true
Summary: The Add Bookmark Dialog Box Does not Allow User to Enter All Relevant Information → [RFE] File Bookmark Dialog should take keyword, comment, etc

Comment 2

17 years ago
arg. i'm still opposed to this.  The file bookmark dialog is for _filing_ a 
bookmark, not creating one.  if you want to create a bookmark then you should 
use the bookmarks window, pick where you want to put the bookmark, select new 
bookmark and use that dialog.  If you need a url, you can copy it or drag and 
drop it.

Comment 3

17 years ago
Um, not quite.  When you use the File Bookmark dialog, you're creating a 

Note that it was once called "Add Bookmark As...", but only the wording -- not 
the dialog -- changed.

Comment 4

16 years ago
*** Bug 93059 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 5

16 years ago
the suggestion from the dupe was to use a button (maybe just a triangle) to show/hide the extra
properties. I concur. This widget would then of course remember state and be unobtrusive for those who don't
use it and a godsend for those of us tired of having to fire up the manager to add in properties for a
bookmark they just _created_.

Also, this would be great eyeballs for custom keywords - my favorite underpublicized feature.

Comment 6

16 years ago
*** Bug 101288 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Nah. You don't typically want to create these entries for all bookmarks, so 
adding fields to this dialog is just adding clutter. 
Last Resolved: 16 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX

Comment 8

16 years ago
Why shouldn't I "typically want to create the entries"? Especially comment or
keywords are important exactly when I _create_ the bookmark!!! Why should we
force all users, who don't want to classify their bookmarks 2 or 3 days later,
to first "file" the bookmark and then to go to the bookmark-manager and search
their new bookmark and then right click the bookmark and then - finally - allow
them to enter their comments and keywords??? From the users point of view this
behaviour is not really user-friendly - it's time-consuming!

Also the hint "if you want to add a bookmark then use the bookmark-window" is
not very useful because the proposed way needs 5 (five!) clicks to add a new
bookmark - and then the user still has not been allowed to add comments or
keywords to the bookmark...

Once again: we should provide two ways to add bookmarks

1) like before a one or two-click solution to simply append a bookmark to the
bookmark-list (perhaps one can allow in the preferences for a default-folder
where "Add Bookmark" appends the new url)

2) a solution where the user can specify the folder the new bookmark should be
added - including all relevant properties related to bookmarks which the user
might want to enter - and comments or keywords are such relevant properties - of
course _not_ for all users - but even if only 10% uses this feature we should
provide them with an "easy to use"-solution...

Comment 9

16 years ago
I'm reopening this bug. Ben, I really think you should reconsider this. Bookmark
keywords is one of the coolest features of Mozilla, but having to *first* file
the bookmark and *then* opening another dialog to add the keyword - that's terrible!
Resolution: WONTFIX → ---

Comment 10

16 years ago
I forgot to say that this has been requested in netscape.public.mozilla.wishlist
several times.

Comment 11

16 years ago
jonas thanks! This somehow got resolved as wontfix when I wasn't looking.

It is my professional opinion that Ben is just wrong :-). I want a disclosure
triangle. I want it defaulted open, and I want it to remember state.
OK. Fair enough. 
Assignee: ben → pchen

Comment 13

16 years ago
mass reassign of pchen bookmark bugs to ben
Assignee: pchen → ben
Target Milestone: --- → Future
*** Bug 121535 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 15

16 years ago
*** Bug 134299 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 16

16 years ago
Any activity here?  This bug hasn't been active in a long time and I think it is
really important.

Comment 17

16 years ago
*** Bug 136012 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 18

16 years ago
putting on radar for point release.
Target Milestone: Future → mozilla1.2alpha

Comment 19

16 years ago
His would be a nice advertizement for "keywords" - once people see it, they'll
want it (BAD). I miss having the option of adding a KW and comment *very* often.

Comment 20

15 years ago
*** Bug 159519 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 21

15 years ago
If you add URLs to, the spider grabs the description from the meta tag.
It would be very nice if mozilla also prefilled the description field from the
meta tags if one chooses "File Bookmark...".

Comment 22

15 years ago
Jens: If you're interested in that, file a new request for enhancement. Your
suggestion has nothing to do with this one.

Comment 23

15 years ago
Has there been any recent activity on this ?

The target milestone is showing as 1.2 alpha, but I'm using 1.2a (2002091014)
and the rfe has not been implemented.


15 years ago
Summary: [RFE] File Bookmark Dialog should take keyword, comment, etc → File Bookmark Dialog should take keyword, comment, etc

Comment 24

15 years ago
 The lack of this feature was just criticised in PC Pro (UK) magazine (sorry,
not available online yet). Bad publicity in a piece that was otherwise quite
positive about Mozilla's bookmark manager and search features. 

 Here is the quote: "Unfortunately, to make searching work properly, [Moz] still
requires a convoluted process of entering the necessary information when adding
a bookmark in the first place. The process involves dragging the URL to a
location or using a Ctrl-D shortcut, which adds the URL only and doesn't tag it
properly with the kind of metadata needed to make searching effective. To do
that you need to right-click the entry and enter its Properties dialog. Okay,
it's not the end of the world, but it does add an unnecessary set of steps to
the bookmarking process, all too often leading to an unsorted jumble." (PC Pro
magazine no 101, cover date March 2003).

 So he hasn't noticed "File bookmark", but the same two-step process would apply
even if he had. Please fix this.

Comment 25

15 years ago
The target milestone was missed long ago. Nominating for nsbeta1. Bug 99860 is
scheduled for 1.4alpha, would be nice if this one could go with it.
Keywords: nsbeta1
OS: other → All
Hardware: PC → All

Comment 26

15 years ago
Nav triage team: nsbeta1-
Keywords: nsbeta1 → nsbeta1-

Comment 27

15 years ago
After the checkin of the big patch of bug 196756, the File Bookmark dialog now
has a Keyword field. The Description field is still missing, but since the
blocking bug is fixed, adding this should be next to trivial. (I'm not implying
anything by that statement - this is just a status report.)

Comment 28

15 years ago
*** Bug 209034 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 29

14 years ago
Created attachment 136137 [details] [diff] [review]
patch to add description field

Here's a patch that adds the Description field into the File Bookmark dialog. I
did attempt to make the Keywords and Description show by clicking on a
disclosure triangle as comment 11 requests, but I just couldn't find out how to
do it. I also didn't find any place in Mozilla that uses such a thing, so I had
nowhere to copy from.

Comment 30

14 years ago
Comment on attachment 136137 [details] [diff] [review]
patch to add description field

Requesting r&sr.
BTW, this also fixes bug 226002.
Attachment #136137 - Flags: superreview?(jag)
Attachment #136137 - Flags: review?(

Comment 31

14 years ago
Comment on attachment 136137 [details] [diff] [review]
patch to add description field

>+<!ENTITY description.label          "Description:">
>+<!ENTITY description.accesskey      "E">
> <!ENTITY newFolder.label            "New Folder...">
>-<!ENTITY newFolder.accesskey        "w">
>+<!ENTITY newFolder.accesskey        "W">

Better use the case of the letter the accesskey should match. Otherwise the
respective string is scanned for the desired letter two times. See

The first point of the section "How do I pick an accesskey letter?".
Mass reassign of my non-Firefox bugs to
Assignee: bugs → ben_seamonkey

Comment 33

14 years ago
(In reply to comment #30)
> (From update of attachment 136137 [details] [diff] [review])
> Requesting r&sr.
> BTW, this also fixes bug 226002.

Please look bug #226002 has been marked as duplicate of the bug #228762 which
was fixed. So patch in attachment 136137 [details] [diff] [review] is obsolete now, you should create new
(just remove one fix in xpfe/components/bookmarks/resources/addBookmark.xul

-          <label value="&shortcutURL.label;"
accesskey="&shortcutURL.accesskey;" control="shortcutURL"/>
+          <label value="&shortcutURL.label;"
accesskey="&shortcutURL.accesskey;" control="shortcutUrl"/>

Comment 34

14 years ago
Created attachment 143926 [details] [diff] [review]
updated patch


14 years ago
Assignee: ben_seamonkey → vdvo
Attachment #136137 - Attachment is obsolete: true


14 years ago
Attachment #143926 - Flags: superreview?(jag)
Attachment #143926 - Flags: review?(


14 years ago
Attachment #136137 - Flags: superreview?(jag)
Attachment #136137 - Flags: review?(

Comment 35

14 years ago
*** Bug 242834 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Product: Browser → Seamonkey

Comment 36

12 years ago
(In reply to comment #34)
> Created an attachment (id=143926) [edit]
> updated patch

patch waiting for review
QA Contact: claudius → bookmarks

Comment 37

12 years ago
Comment on attachment 143926 [details] [diff] [review]
updated patch

>+  gFld_Description.disabled = gCB_AddGroup.checked;
This line prevents you from actually entering a description for the bookmark group. r=me with it removed.

>+<!ENTITY description.label          "Description:">
>+<!ENTITY description.accesskey      "e">
> <!ENTITY destination.label          "Destination:">
> <!ENTITY destination.accesskey      "D">
Odd that we don't actually use that D access key... maybe we should use it for description as nobody will be expecting it to access the destination anyway.
Attachment #143926 - Flags: review?( → review+

Comment 38

12 years ago
I'm afraid that I won't be able to spend any time in the foreseeable future updating the patch, un-bitrotting it and chasing someone to actually check it in. If anyone's interested, please feel free to take over.

Comment 39

12 years ago
*** Bug 326438 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***


12 years ago
Target Milestone: mozilla1.2alpha → ---

Comment 40

10 years ago
The lack of this is very obvious in FF 3.0b1.  The fact that the main bookmark dialog doesn't include all the necessary fields means that bookmarks in the "All Bookmarks" folder aren't useful, since they can't easily be maintained any other way.
Jag, ping ?
Attachment #143926 - Flags: superreview?(jag)
Whiteboard: [patchlove: comment 37-38]

Comment 42

7 years ago
Fixed in:
Bug 586947 - Places File Bookmark (Ctrl+D) needs improvement badly
Last Resolved: 16 years ago7 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME

Comment 43

7 years ago
(In reply to comment #42)
> Fixed in:
> Bug 586947 - Places File Bookmark (Ctrl+D) needs improvement badly

No it's not fied. Latest comment on that in bug 586947:

(In reply to bug 586947, comment 44)
> > Description and keyword fields are missing.
> Lets get this bug landed and decide on those fields in a followup bug. Neil has
> enough problems reviewing the current patches.



7 years ago
Duplicate of bug: 605788
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