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Possible uses and configuration examples:
* bookmarking by alias: instead of typing full URL or opening bookmarks panel, you can just type preconfigured shorthand for it
Example: configuring alias "mail http://mail.google.com/gmail" and then typing "mail" will take you to http://mail.google.com/gmail
* you can reference browser chrome:// URL-s in same way
Example: "alias chrome://urlalias/content/" rule will take you to configuration dialog of this extension if you type "alias"
* searching from address bar: if you type something after an alias, it will be appended to replacement URL.
Example: configuring alias "wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/" and then typing "wiki Main_Page" will take you to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
* more complicated substitions: you can specify %s in replacement URL to insert query text to its place instead of appending.
Example: "lj http://%s.livejournal.com/" will transform "lj someuser" to http://someuser.livejournal.com/
* [new in 2.2.0] you can specify %1, %2, ... in replacement URL to insert part of query text to its place.
Any leftover tokens are appended to query string as per above rules.
Example: "w http://%1.wikipedia.org/wiki/" will transform "w ru Firefox" to http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox
* default search engine: if you define replacement for "*" keyword, it will treat any entered non-URL-like text as query text for this alias.
Example: configuring "* http://google.com/search?q=" and then typing "somequerytext" will take you to http://google.com/search?q=somequerytext
Aliases may be assigned either in configuration dialog or using context menu option.
This is a complete rewrite of the old URL Alias extension by Rob Kristiaan:
Regarding built-in keywords feature in Firefox:
The funny thing is that I (and as it turns out, I'm far from being alone) learned about this feature from your posts here.
When I migrated from Maxthon a long time ago, I've searched all the options to find a feature similar to Maxthon's aliases, but failed and ultimately did my own implementation.
I believe this addon offers better and more intuitive alias management than built-in mechanism, at least for some users, so it shouldn't be considered useless.