Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I think the basic idea of microformats is solid, but still developing, so some of my issues might be with the format rather than with the add-on. Here are the things I noticed and thought needed improving:

* If I export as vcard, the exported file is called "hcard.vcf", which isn't very helpful and can cause file overwrite issues. It ought to take the fn as the title.

* If I don't set an fn class, but only use the given-name and family name classes, the Operator toolbar doesn't light up. fn should be optional, otherwise I'm forced to hide the redundant element(s).

* If I use the "dtstart" and "dtend" classes in anything other than a abbr element, operator doesn't light up for events. Since my page is a schedule, and the schedule is (appropriately) set up in a table, it seems redundant to set the same data in an abbr element when I could just set the dtstart to the table cell.

* If I add a single event to my Google Calendar, I'm redirected to Google Calendar in the same tab, so I lose the page I'm on. At the very least, a new tab should open, but ideally I should be able to choose the location of my gcalendar as an option and not have to do anything at the Google Calendar site (not sure if that's a gcal option).

* If I have a page with a dozen events, I can export the entire calendar as an ics file. It would be nice if I could rename it something other than hcalendar.ics (maybe the suggested title could be a class, like class="hcalendar venue_cal_concerts", or something) or the user could choose the title. It would also be nice if instead of exporting it and then reimporting it to gcal, if I could "add all to Google Calendar".

I know the developer is in need of financial support to get back to this project, so I'm not expecting overnight implementation, but all of these seem fairly natural improvements, assuming they can be done at the add-on level.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.4.1). 

Thanks for the comments

Thanks for your thorough comments

Let me go through them in order:

1. Good request. I'll do that.
2. This is part of the spec right now. We're working to get that changed to the next rev of hCard.
3. I believe this is being worked on as part of a new spec for setting dtend/dtstart. I'll be integrating that soon. An example page would be really helpful.
4. I think if you hold down the shift key, it opens a new tab, but I should make opening a new tab the default behavior. I'll check on that.
5. As far as the name goes, I'll look at a way to actually set the name. As far as Google Calendar goes, I haven't found a good way to import multiple events into Google Calendar. I'll keep looking.

As far as the financial support goes, yes this isn't my fulltime job so I am looking for that. My plan is that as I get Contributions to the project, I'll start adding it into my schedule. So my first work should start happening next week.

Thanks!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Wish I could activate the toolbar just when needed (which is different from the auto-hide option, in which it shows up every time there are microformats on the page). Have uninstalled it because of that.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Not sure what you mean?

I\'m not sure what you mean. I can\'t predict when you need it :)\r\n\r\nI provide multiple UIs for accessing the microformats besides the toolbar. You can use a toolbar button, a status bar icon, or an icon on the address bar.

Check out the options Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Looks like many ppl here would prefer some icon in the address bar instead of the space wasting toolbar. Actually, it's already possible to have Operator this way:

In the options, you can enable the address bar icon and afterwards disable the toolbar via the view menu. Should be the default, though.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

This add-on is pretty cool, but doesn't support brazilian portuguese very well.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Suggestion Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Just like there is a "Favorite" star next to the address line in Firefox (pressing it calls up a box to add the address as a favorite), there could be an option to display presence of several microformats as such small small icons.

Otherwise, perhaps something like a bar of microformats presentce indicator lights between the address bar and the google searchbox could also allow to avoide intrusive second toolbar line.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great add-on, but not compatiable with 3.2a1pre, can Mike solve this?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great add-on, very useful, but a little intrusive: the toolbar takes too much place, it would be great if it was a popup on the enabled websites (a bit like microsoft oomph for example).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Splendid Rated 5 out of 5 stars

hCal and all the microformats is splendid, looking forward to this catching on big time

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

hReview Support Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Cool add-on! Is hReview on the roadmap by chance?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Version for Thunderbird? Rated 4 out of 5 stars

What about enabling it also for thunderbird - to discover microformats in mails but to embed tehm as well when creating an html message with the possibility to e.g. add an event to your calendar or contact to your contact list or to make a phonecall via some softphone from a phone number ...

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good and interesting extension but there's a serious problem with customization. I want to delete some entries (eg : I don't care about "amazon search" on a tag...)

Could be way better !

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

A Must Have add-on Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Operator has been an invaluable tool for testing microformat implementations. I'm glad to have it for FF3 as well.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

Interesting Rated 5 out of 5 stars

A very interesting tool

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.3). 

An early look at the future of the web Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've been using this extension for the last couples of hours and I've already think it's going to be one of those extensions people will want to be part of Firefox, because it will prove very, very useful.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.9.1). 

Scalability a concern Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is a nice tool, but on pages with 100 or more hCards, for example, the tool bogs down page loading and rendering immensely. An instant disable option would be nice -- at least until performance issues can be addressed.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8). 

Excellent add-on, now a 'must-have' Rated 4 out of 5 stars

As part of a global e-commerce solution, I used the Operator add-on to demonstrate the 'semantic web in action' as part of a flash+dhtml+microformats Store Locator for a premium global brand.

The results surprised & engaged many people outside of developer circles, and has raised the profile and understanding of how we might better describe data for our clients and their customers, it's importance, and how we might put these techniques to better use - ably assisted by the Operator add-on.

Good work, Mike.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8). 

Instantly useful Rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was useful in the first few seconds.
(I did have to remember that the name of the extension was "Operator", which is a VERY generic name.)
Keep up the good work!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.8).