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|User since||December 1, 2009|
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It's worse than I initially realised -- if I select the preference for loading results in background tabs, middle-clicking makes them load *in the current tab*, which effectively reverses normal Firefox behaviour.
I've looked at the code, and it looks like middle-click is treated as one of several possible modifiers which change the loading behaviour. Holding down the shift key modifies it in a different way. The modifications seem to be pretty random and unpredictable:
current tab pref + left click: current tab
current tab pref + shift: background tab
current tab pref + middle click: foreground tab
(That looks like standard Firefox behaviour.)
foreground tab pref + left click: foreground tab
foreground tab pref + shift: background tab
foreground tab pref + middle click: current tab
background tab pref + left click: background tab
background tab pref + shift: foreground tab
background tab pref + middle click: current tab
There seems to be no way to make a middle click load something in a background tab (without holding shift), and the reversal of middle-click behaviour if either of the new tab options is set effectively makes this extension unusable for me.
I am very happy to have found this add-on, since a recent version of Firefox has changed the behaviour of the search bar and effectively made it impossible to load search results in background tabs.
I have one criticism: this add-on does not appear to handle middle-clicks on the search button, so when I middle-click, firefox just falls back to its default behaviour, which is to open the result in a new *foreground tab*, which is exactly what I don't want.
Please allow users to set both left-click and middle-click behaviour, and to do it separately -- that would also allow people who sometimes want to open results in a new tab and sometimes in the same tab to continue to use left-click and middle-click to distinguish between these cases.
I seldom want to open results in the same tab, but I am used to middle-clicking on anything I want to open in a new tab, because that is the standard behaviour of most elements -- and I think many other users are too.
I installed it, it didn't break anything, and it recognised the Xhosa words I pasted from Wikipedia as a test. I don't speak Xhosa, so I can't speak for the quality of the dictionary, but I encountered no technical problems.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (20091030).