Right-click Add Live Bookmark

<span style=”voice-family: ‘Doug Whiner’,’Eeyore'”>You aren’t going to need this. I don’t know why I even bothered to make it. It seemed like such a good idea at the time, but now? You aren’t going to need this.</span>

If you are one of the three people in the world testing Firefox‘s support for parsing RSS and Atom feeds as Live Bookmarks, or perhaps one of the unknowable number of people who really, really like Live Bookmarks, you’ve probably noticed that it’s a bit of a pain to add a Live Bookmark when the site doesn’t have the <link> that’s needed for autodiscovery.

LiveBookmarkThis adds a context menu item to “Add Live Bookmark” whenever you right-click a link.

<span style=”voice-family: ‘Doug Whiner’,’Eeyore'”>If there was any way on earth to tell that a link is a feed, other than downloading it, parsing it, massaging it so it will parse, reparsing it, … then it would only appear when you right-click a link to a feed.</span>

Boy, I really hope the horrible antipattern Hot Comments hack that’s supposed to keep this post off the front page of mozilla.org actually works. You know they’ll realize I don’t belong eventually, but I wouldn’t mind having it not happen just yet.


Comment by Complainer #
2005-06-08 13:05:13

Is there a way to make the columns wider on the Live Bookmarks? I have a News folder on my Bookmarks Toolbar with various news sources in there Live Bookmarked, and some of the headlines are so long the bulk of the headline is chopped off. Fark.com for instance.

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2005-06-08 21:41:25

Say, that’ll do until something wildly off-topic comes along, won’t it?

Looking at browser.css, it looks like the width of the bookmark menu is set by

menuitem.bookmark-item {
  min-width: 0;
  max-width: 26em;

and sure enough, dropping

menuitem.bookmark-item {
  max-width: 300em !important;

in userChrome.css stretches them out (perhaps more than too much, I didn’t have an infinitely long-titled feed handy to see what happens when the title’s wider than the screen).

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2005-06-08 21:47:34

Wups, you wanted the PTF wider, not the Bookmarks menu. Make that

toolbarbutton.bookmark-item  {
  max-width: 300em !important;


Comment by Anonymous #
2005-06-12 11:13:41

How not to get noticed II:
I’m looking at Firefox extensions. I see yours. It’s here.
The description of what it does isn’t very clear, but it has a link to your home page for this extension.
Great — maybe there’s a better explanation of what it does.

It brings me to this blog page.


Comment by Peter van der Woude #
2005-06-15 03:04:01

my bad Phil,

somehow there was a borked version staged to be installed, and worse, not removed.
So every time i tried to uninstall/reinstall it would reuse the staged xpi again.

Comment by Eduardo #
2005-09-11 19:37:17

I’ve translated LiveBookmarkThis to brazilian portuguese (pt-BR). How can I send it to you?

Trackback by Talkin' A Loud MT #
2004-11-16 01:24:55

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Comment by Peter van der Woude #
2005-11-01 02:00:39

Livebookmarkthis generates
Error: livemarkAddMark is not defined
Source file: chrome://browser/content/browser.xul
Line: 1
in JSC and doesn’t work anymore in FF1.5RC1 (Win32)
(Checked on 3 machines)

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2005-11-01 08:58:29