Re: [dev] uzbl

From: Kris Maglione <>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 14:19:40 -0400

On Sat, May 23, 2009 at 08:06:00PM +0200, Dieter Plaetinck wrote:
>I have only spent little time with vimperator, but unless I'm missing
>something vimperators idea is adding a vim-like interface to firefox
>(and other mozilla software). AFAIK it does not change that
>storage of your bookmarks, history etc is handled internally in
>firefox, and that you end up with tens of files in your ~, many of
>which are binary.

No, it doesn't. I'd be in favor of it, but it would require
switching over to xulrunner and breaking compatibility with
other extensions (some of which are too useful to give up).

>The idea behind uzbl is more about implementing the unix philosophy:
>using external programs/scripts to take care of non-core-browser
>aspects (think management of bookmarks and such), and using simple
>plaintext based storage for your settings and data.

I've actually moved all Vimperator-specific storage to
plain-text files in the past months. Firefox-specific storage
(history, bookmarks, etc.) are still stored in sqlite, and
there's not much we can do about it. Plus, there's all sorts of
RDF crap I'd like to lose, but, again...

>We may have (more or less) the keybinding ideas in common with
>vimperator, but that's where it stops. (unless I'm mistaken about what
>vimperator does).

You probably are.

>- multiple instance management (like tabs, but better. will use a
> script that uses a patched dmenu), for those who are not satisfied
> with the abilities of their WM.

We talked about this on Vimperator list. I'd prefer wmii to
manage my instances and to use wimenu for the command line. I
suggested a separate wrapper program to manage the instances for
people who aren't satisfied with their WMs.

Kris Maglione
There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third works.
	--Alan J. Perlis
Received on Sat May 23 2009 - 18:19:40 UTC

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