Firefox 3 and mouse gestures (general whining and Fangs!).

As I’m always eager to be accepted in a gang (any gang?), I did my part of the hype. Downloaded Firefox 3.

First impressions? Not that good as two thirds of my extensions stopped working.

Second impression? Pretty good. I’ll go with this version, any time.

Anyway, mouse gestures.

“In computing, a mouse gesture is a way of combining computer mouse movements and clicks which the software recognizes as a specific command.
— Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse_gestures”

I truly love my mouse gestures, have ever since I first bumped on them on some ancient version of Opera. Now, in Firefox, there’s as far as I know no native mouse gestures implemented. May be wrong, anyway.

I used to use the infamous “All-in-one mouse gestures” -plugin, but as paradise began (FF 3), it didn’t quite make the upgrade with the browser. Which is not nice.

A friend of mine (thanks F!) gave me a tip ’bout mousegestures.org (Mouse Gestures Redox). Now I’m a happy camper, again!

Entensions and versions in Firefox have been somehow problematic combination since beginning of the browser and sadly still are. For example, My favourite accessibility extension, Fangs, has been a major pain in the ass with the compatibility issues for many years. And yes, still is. No Fangs for Ilkka, again! (I highly recommend Fangs for web developers – makes making things a bit accessible easier. What is it then? I quote: “creates a textual representation of a web page similar to how the page would be read by a modern screen reader.“)

Hope in the future the problem persists no more. Please!

4 thoughts on “Firefox 3 and mouse gestures (general whining and Fangs!).

  1. Hey! What do you mean by “Fangs has been a major pain in the ass with the compatibility issues for many years”? I have only received one bug report since 2005 where someone complained about a compatibility issue (and it wasn’t form you). And that issue was caused by a different extension.

    Anyway, I’ll try to update Fangs and make it installable in FF3 sometime during the summer.

  2. Hi Peter!

    Yep, passive user – no bug reports:( I’ve been using Fangs since 2005 at university level teaching of Accessibility and web development and there has been at least two or three occasions when the plugin stopped working due to a Firefox update.

    Can’t recall the exact dates, but I think first time was migrating to FF 2 and the second time somewhere around 2.0x… (Sprry – no reports and no exact dates!)

    Pain in the ass part comes from Fangs being such a good tool in teaching and lightweight evaluation of accessibility. I really like the plugin and the work you have done! And from that usefulness and compatibility issues sometimes arises the frustration (also behind this posting)…

    Good thing that you’ll update it – thanks in advance! And yes, I’ll submit bug reports from now on;)

  3. Great!

    Managed to install the new version. Nasty piece with config and security checks, though.

    Oh, well, at least I can use Fangs now, thanks!

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