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4. Web Surfing Enhancements > 33. Use Fancy Bookmarks

Use Fancy Bookmarks

Bookmarks can do more than record web pages. See how they’ve grown.

Hidden inside Firefox’s bookmark system are a number of advanced features. This hack explains how to use them.

The Firefox bookmarks user interface is different from that of the Mozilla Application Suite or Netscape. In particular, the Check for Updates and Notify functionality is missing in Firefox 1.0. That feature causes the browser to optionally poll bookmarked web pages to see whether they have changed recently. Firefox supports the same bookmark format as other Mozilla browsers, but Version 1.0 just doesn’t do any polling. Check the release notes for later, minor versions to see if that feature has been added back in recently. In these modern times, RSS is probably the new way forward for polled web content. See “Live Bookmarks” later in this hack for more on RSS.


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