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Firefox tabbed browsing gripe. - Larsson Log — LiveJournal
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Firefox tabbed browsing gripe.
I hate that the state of the browser Back button in Firefox is not carried forward when you open something in a new tab. I like that each browser tab keeps its own history, but I think that opening a new tab should fork the current history instead of starting anew.

Maybe I just don't use the browser properly. I don't like links interrupting the flow of what I'm reading, so when I encounter a link in a story I think might be interesting, I have a tendency to pop open a tab in the background to read later, essentially using the tabs as a sort of stack of things I want to read. Problem is, when going through the tabs later, I sometimes want to know where I came from, particularly if I encounter a broken link.

Am I missing an obvious browser option or extension that does what I want?

Current Mood: curious curious

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shmivejournal From: shmivejournal Date: March 9th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I need that too and it makes me mad that it just doesn't work.


periol From: periol Date: March 9th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
i say this to some people, and i'm joking. but with you, i'm serious. would it be that hard for you to make an extension for this? for me, it would be that hard. i have no programming experience. but you? it would take you like what, five hours? ten?

p.s. if you find one, i'd love to know about it.
windexcowboy From: windexcowboy Date: March 9th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know..

It's not really fair to say I do a lot of programming. I do scripting, and for the most part, I don't do desktop stuff.

I've also never done anything with Mozilla before.. I'd have to spend many hours figuring out the Mozilla codebase. For all I know, this may be a very simple JavaScript hack. It might also be something I'd have to dig in the guts of the browser to fix. It would depend on where things like the browser history state information is exposed in the APIs, whether or not it's easy to hook the function that creates a new browser tab, etc.
caniswolfie From: caniswolfie Date: March 9th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you find one let me know.. I tend to just go and then close the one tab that has the history in it and not able to go back.. argh.. :)
weaponjx From: weaponjx Date: March 9th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
when I encounter this problem, i hit back and then open the original in a new tab, and then follow the links.
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