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- Version 0.1 of Dynamic Links released
- Everything is new as of January 23, 2003
"If you're interested in user interfaces, there's a wonderful opportunity these days to push what a user interface can be. If a user interface gives a user some degree of power, try to figure out if you can give the user more power, while still keeping it inspiring and easy to use."
Coding from Scratch: A Conversation with Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier, Part One (January 23, 2003)
When we browse the web we want to follow interesting links. Most of the links are assigned to a word or a group of words. However, there are many more words for which we can imagine meaningful links - and unfortunately we have no easy way how to add our links to them.
Traditionally we have to (1) select a word, (2) copy it to the clipboard, (3) optionally open a new browser window (or a tab), (4) paste the word from the clipboard and (5) modify it to get the desired link. Such a procedure doesn't contribute to anyone's smooth browsing experience, so one has to find something grabby to undertake it.
I strongly believe users could and would be much more inquiring, active and productive if they could create their own links very easily.
So what is "Dynamic Links"?
Dynamic Links is a Mozilla extension that can improve your Internet browsing.
- First, imagine you could follow a LINK THAT IS DYNAMICALLY CREATED ON YOUR REQUEST FOR ANY WORD your mouse pointer moves over.
- Second, you would be able to CYCLE THROUGH A SET OF PREDEFINED DERIVED LINKS by further moving your mouse pointer over that link.
- Third, in case of a non-trivial text selection (e.g. multiple words or a part of a word), you would be able to USE ANY SELECTED TEXT (marked by its start and end) AND AGAIN DYNAMICALLY CREATE A CORRESPONDING LINK by moving your mouse pointer over any word.
Dynamic Links does exactly that.
Have fun with links!