Mouse Gestures for Mozilla
|License and Meta|
This is free software, there is no warranty of any kind. You are free to redistribute this in its entirety, ie the original author must be credited prominently. If you wish to redistribute a modified version, you must have permission from the author.
|What Does Ultralight mean?|
It seems that there used to be a handful of Mouse Gesture extensions for Mozilla products, but lately they have dwindled down to about one. While FireGestures can be configured to do almost anything, I don't like its philosophy at all, so I wrote microGesture.
I believe that mouse gestures are only really useful for the most common tasks of the browser. Especially, forward and backward navigation for those who don't have a 5 button mouse, or like me, never got used to it. I also added top and bottom of page since they are intuitive and handy gestures. About the only other common task I perform when browsing is following links, so I added gestures that intelligently respond to links and allow you to take control of where they open: in a new tab, or in a background tab. Although more complicated gestures to do even more things are possible, most of those things are available on the right-click context menu. If I need to make 2 or more strokes to make the gesture, that is no easier than clicking the context menu. Also, the context menu doesn't require me to remember anything, while too many gestures will just result in most of them being forgotten.
The result of this is a small extension that is Quick, Easy to learn, Intuitive and has No Configuration. While the "Everything to Everyone" extension is ~400KB, microGesture is just about 2KB. That's because it is custom written using the ultralight philosophy. That's like 0.5% of the resources to perform the only part of the job most users will ever really need.
It is tiny and downloads fast, takes up minimum disk space, loads fast and runs fast. It maximizes usefulness by minimizing the user interface. Most of the space in FireGestures is devoted to its configuration panels and requirement to be able to intervene in almost anything your browser does; with no configuration and a sensibly limited scope, microGesture keeps out of your browser's business.
Ultralight doesn't have to be ugly, clumsy or unintuitive. Once upon a time, all software strove to be ultralight by necessity; and in the days of cheap abundant memory it may seem ridiculous to worry about. But ultralight runs great on any system, gets along well with others and is easier to learn and more responsive. I hope you enjoy it!
How to Use It
There is no menu item or icon for microGesture, just use the gestures to make it work. To make a gesture, hold down the Right mouse button and drag in the direction you want, then release the button. There is a minimum movement required to recognize the gesture. The gesture operates on the window or object where you start it, not end it.
Controlling the Opening of Links
Not all links are really links! Sometimes links are disguised to look like something else, say a button or an image. And sometimes, what looks like a link really just runs a script on a page. The control of where a link opens only works if it is a real link, no extension can control where a script on another page places its output.
Tab Edition & Regular Edition
Tab Edition was made due to user requests for a more powerful extension that could open and close tabs rather than just go up and down the page. It is exactly the same except the up gesture opens a blank tab and the down gesture closes the current tab.It does not include the autoclosing feature when you try to navigate back from a tab that can't go back.
Preferences in about:config