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MLB/Mouseless Browsing FF extension - MUST-HAVE for every keyboard user!

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brotherS:
I recently read about MLB/Mouseless Browsing on http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=2842.0

MLB (http://www.rudolf-noe.de/MouselessBrowsing.htm) is a Firefox extension, I chose to install version 0.4.1 Beta.

Basic Principle

Mouseless browsing bases on appending small boxes with unique ids for all links, form elements and frames to the page. You can trigger an action (e.g. following the link) by simply entering the id and depending on the configuration confirming it by pressing Enter.
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As DC user vamp07 said in the other thread, I quickly noticed it makes sense to change the delay from 500 to 750 ms and to set the Numpad0 key to toggle visibility of the IDs.

A picture says more than 1000 words, so have a look:

MLB/Mouseless Browsing FF extension - MUST-HAVE for every keyboard user!

On that screenshot I marked three places, which have so-called IDs:
A = 176 (quote)
B = 180 (shoutcast.com, external link)
C = 188 (reply)

All I now have to do is to quote Carol is to hit Ctrl and type 176, if I would type 180 the new page would open in another tab (depends on how you set up Firefox) and if I would type 188 while holding Ctrl down I'd just reply, without quoting.

This is an extremely helpful extension! Being a true keyboard user I was always annoyed when having to grab the mouse.


These settings are working fine for me (I didn't change the "Styles" tab values):

MLB/Mouseless Browsing FF extension - MUST-HAVE for every keyboard user!

MLB/Mouseless Browsing FF extension - MUST-HAVE for every keyboard user!

Google Mail users might want to pay special attention to the setting I highlighted in the last screenshot. By default MLB uses the "/" key of the Numpad here - which allows you to easily jump to Google Mail's search field!

Carol Haynes:
Can you assign specific numbers or are they generated page by page? If they change all the time it looks like hard work to me!

brotherS:
Can you assign specific numbers or are they generated page by page? If they change all the time it looks like hard work to me!
-Carol Haynes (April 12, 2006, 06:15 AM)
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Well... as long as pages have the same layout the same IDs will appear. But even if the IDs change for every page, how is that hard work for a true keyboard user (who doesn't have to look at the keys when typing)?

Carol Haynes:
What ever lights your candle  :-* :-* :-* :-*

jgpaiva:
That looks very nice, a good way of browsing. I do something similar myself, with opera, but i have to cycle through all the links.

I'm only sad for one thing:
MLB (http://www.rudolf-noe.de/MouselessBrowsing.htm) is a Firefox extension, I chose to install version 0.4.1 Beta.
-brotherS (April 12, 2006, 06:06 AM)
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:( :(

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