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About this Add-on
Where QuickOWL can help:
When we regularly copy text from emails and paste in [A_WEB_PAGE] and perform search or some action.
Here [A_WEB_PAGE] can be:
- Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=)
- Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=)
- Bug tracking page in work (https://jira.<orgdomain>.com/jira/browse/)
- Google Translate (https://translate.google.com/?tl=en&text=)
In order to add custom context menu of "Search with Google Scholar" the user will be adding following two information in QuickOWL:
- [Enter Display Name] -> Search Google Scholar
- [URL before selected text] -> https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=
Once added, select a text from any email in Thunderbird and right click, the user can see "QuickOWL -> Search Google Scholar" context menu. If no text is selected QuickOWL context menu won't be displayed. So, the requirement is to select a text to activate QuickOWL custom context menu.
Following sample data can be downloaded, and imported into QuickOWL:
Why yet another custom context menu search extension?
- QuickOWL uses latest Thunderbird add-on API guidelines, which means it has longer shelf life
- Uses least amount of privileges required:
- storage - required to store the user defined context menu URLs
- unlimitedStorage - to allow cumulative storage for the extension to expand beyond 5MB
- menus - required to add custom user defined URL entries in Firefox's context menu
- downloads - required to export current list of user defined URLs for the extension as .txt file
- Provides necessary alert messages to user to make it easy for the user to understand what is working and what is not
- Provides simplified Extension Options page to manage addition/deletion of custom context menu URLs
- Features detailed Help page to make it easy to understand about the functionality of the extension
- Though after installing the Permissions in Extension page says "Read your browsing history", it doesn't actually do any reading of browsing history. The extension focuses on sending the selected text to the user defined context menu URLs. No extra reading, no background activities.
- Updated the .csv based file export & import to use .txt format, because the .csv file exported with separator as pipe symbol | gets updated to use comma , when edited in .csv editors (like Microsoft Excel). Once the .csv file separator gets updated to comma, further import from that .csv file fails. So, now the .txt format has been made as defacto format for export and import.
- Help section has been updated about the usage of .txt file instead of .csv file
- An example on sample data of .txt file with separator as pipe | symbol has been added in Import URLs section
- Font size has been updated to use 1 rem instead of 14px
- Font family has been updated to use system fonts, based on an article from Hacker News (https://systemfontstack.com/)
- Extension title summary has been enhanced to refer to multiple web links
- Added a note on "Save Changes" button usage in case of "Add URL" & "Delete Selected URLs"
- First release of Extension with full set of features supporting import, export of URLs
Special thanks to user @wOxxOm (https://stackoverflow.com/users/3959875/woxxom) who has helped to resolve some of the blocking issues while developing this extension.