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Would it be possible to also show the tags if the page/link is bookmarked?
Thank you for the suggestion!
I have never considered about showing the bookmark tags of the linked page. I have to think more about it, but the biggest problem that I can think of off the top of my head is that the status bar might be too crowded and hard to read if we do that.
Just in case, showing the tags of the *current* page would not fit in well with this extension. In fact, I have been thinking about a separate extension which exactly does this for almost 4 months, but I have not had enough time to finish it up.
This is a great Add-on, thanks!
One minor (cosmetic) issue:
When you hover over a link with a very large URL, all my other Status Bar icons are shifted off screen to the right. I have several icons in my Firefox status bar, including Foxy Tunes which uses a lot of space. Is there any way you can prevent this from happening as it can be rather distracting when browsing and mouse pointer movers over a large link
Update on October 25:
> When you hover over a link with a very large URL, all my other Status Bar icons are shifted off screen to the right.
Fixed in Link Status 1.4. Thanks for reporting!
Original reply on October 19: Thank you for the report. I confirmed the behavior. It is certainly a problem, and I will try to fix it when I can spend some time on Link Status.
is there a way of making it work with CoolPreviews?
Can you be more specific about what does not work? I tried CoolPreviews 2.7.6.0623 (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2207) and Link Status works fine with it. In addition, judging from the source code, I cannot see any potential reason they might conflict.
Great, but it doesn't work very well with the AutoHideStatusbar extension when you don't have the "show when hovered over a link option" enabled. I don't, because I found it too distracting.
I also use Fission. But for the same reason as above, I don't use the option to show the destination link in the locationbar. Instead, I use a (userChromeJS) script to show the link in a tooltip. This is the least distracting way IMHO.
So I have a suggestion that would make this an almost perfect companion for both of these extensions: Provide an option to show the link status and/or the link in a tooltip (when hovered over a link).
This way it would work with (and complement) both of these add-ons.
Thank you for your review and suggestion. I confirmed that Link Status conflicts with the autoHideStatusbar extension; with Link Status installed, autoHideStatusbar can fail to hide the statusbar. Unfortunately, I have currently no idea how to fix it.
As for your suggestion, it is unfortuantely impossible to show the bookmarked/visited icon in a toolbar without giving up the privacy which Link Status provides, at least until bugs 130078 and 313190 of Firefox are fixed. See also Novadestin’s review on August 4 and my reply to it (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/reviews/display/12312#review-151580).
If you have further comments on this suggestion, write to me by email. Thank you for your interest in Link Status!
This add-on is great! Really helpful for people who do a lot of research and the like. My only complaint is that it is rather easily ignored way down there in the corner. Perhaps in future updates we could have the option of moving it? I would love to have it up by my toolbars which is where I would very easily notice it!
Thank you for your review, and I am glad you like it!
It is difficult to move the icon to a place other than the statusbar. In the current design, Link Status shows the icon in the statusbar because the address of the linked page is also shown there. Moving the icon to (say) the toolbar is not technically difficult, but if we do so, the user interface will become confusing because the icon will no longer be visually associated to the link address or the link itself.
Showing the icon near the link itself is much more intuitive. Unfortunately, as far as I know, it cannot be implemented without opening a hole to the privacy. This situation will change when the bugs 130078 (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=130078) and 313190 (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=313190) of Firefox are fixed.
I am considering about moving the icon to the location bar when the Fission extension is used and the “Active link/mouse-over link in the address bar” option of Fission is enabled. See 7KTech’s review on July 23 and my reply on July 24.
If you have further comments on this feature request, write to me by email.
I use the extension Fission, which has a feature to show the active link in the address bar instead of the usual location. Unfortunately, this doesn't work with your extension. I think these two extensions could work well with one another though. I would like to see this extension show me a star instead of the one Fission would show if it is a bookmark. I actually think this could be incorporated into your extension for non-Fission users as well. Feature requests aside... I tested Link Status without that option on in Fission and it works like it says, very handy.
Thank you for your review! I confirmed that Link Status conflicts with Fission when the “Active link/mouse-over link in the address bar” option of Fission is enabled (no star icon, incorrect URL in the location bar). I will try to make them work together when I have some time. I cannot promise it, though, because it might be difficult. Keep your fingers crossed.
To be more precise, I will try to make Link Status show its star icon on the left of the address bar instead of Fission’s icon of a box with an arrow only in the case where Fission is installed and the “Active link...” option of Fission is enabled. In the other case, I do not think that showing the star icon on the location bar is useful or intuitive.
If you have further comments on this feature request, write to me by email.
How about an option to disable the :visited CSS style only for external domains?
Thank you for the suggestion. Actually, some people have already suggested the same feature of disabling visited link styling for cross-domain links on https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=147777 (see e.g. comments #83, #89, #113 and #120 there). However, I am a little skeptical about its usefulness for three reasons.
First, one of the most significant advantages of visited link styling is that it allows a user to locate previously visited pages in results of the search engine easily. Disabling visited link styling for cross-domain links breaks this use case completely, and enabling it only for same-domain links is somewhat missing the point.
Second, in my opinion, visited link styling is useful because it is consistent. If visited link styling is enabled for some links and disabled for the others, a user may perceive it as if visited links are only sometimes rendered in a different style at random, making it barely more useful than disabling visited link styling altogether.
Finally, the suggested feature is based on the so-called “same-origin policy,” which I do not like very much. The same-origin policy is an assumption that if a user trusts a page to some degree, he/she will trust the other pages in the same domain to the same degree. Although this assumption is often correct, there are many exceptions such as shared servers and user-provided contents. Every time a browser makes use of this assumption, both the browser developers and the web developers must be very careful not to break security by some combination of unexpected configurations. I do not think that it is the right design of browsers or extensions.
I might implement it in future as an experiment, but do not expect it to happen soon. Thank you for your suggestion.
Almost exactly what I was looking for. I check a lot of websites everyday, and this extension makes it a bit easier to figure out what I've already clicked on.
A request to the developer: When the mouse cursor isn't hovering over a link, could you show the last visit date of the current page instead? This is what I was really hoping to find in an extension, but I also like it shows the last visit time of links too.
Thank you for the first review on my first Firefox extension! Glad to hear you like it.
I have thought over your proposal for the additional feature. I really appreciate it, but I am afraid the proposed feature might not fit in well with this extension. This is mainly because it requires a different user interface from the current one such as a dedicated field on the right in the status bar. (Believe me, this makes a big difference in implementation though it may sound like a small difference.) I think the requested feature will be implemented in a much cleaner way if written as a separate extension. You are probably better off looking for another extension or asking someone to write a new extension for that ― or, needless to say, writing one by yourself if you know how.