7 Aralık 2008

A Ubiquity Command for The Free Dictionary

If you haven't heard of Ubiquity, you must check this post which introduces the most interesting and promising extension for Firefox lately.

The simple idea is that we must assess the netizens with the right tools to be able to use and mash the diverse information up that is at the tips of their fingers. This extension is being developed for building a more immersive and accessible web.

It can enable us to make use of the static information on some web sites by transforming the raw data into a more informative form. For example, you can use "map" command to quickly get a glimpse of an address and its surroundings with images coming from Google Maps.

See for yourself.

Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

Having experienced the extension by myself, I was tempted to contribute by writing a command for quickly looking up a word in The Free Dictionary or TFD which I frequently use with the help of another extension called "Dictionary Tooltip". But you have to have the word on the page to use that extension, so it might come handy to look up a nonexistent but related word while reading an article.

You can subscribe to the command through this link if you have the extension installed. And if you haven't already installed the extension, please follow this link. You may too use addons.mozilla.org for that, but it requires a user sign-up.

2 yorum:

Izi dedi ki...

Thank you for your script, I enjoy it.

However, I have problem with NoScript. It is blocking the preview feature. I have added tfd.com and thefreedictionary.com into the list of trusted sites. Without effect. (The command define works perfectly!)

Can you give me any advice how to make the preview feature works? Thanks a lot.

onur güngör dedi ki...


I don't know much about NoScript.

But I think that it may be preventing the script to open any connection to any other domain other the ones in the trusted sites list.

So you may also try to add


to the list. The reason is that the preview includes some tiny images for phonetic transcription. i.e. http://img.tfd.com/hm/GIF/imacr.gif