What is Ubiquity <ul><li>Ubiquity was a Mozilla Labs experiment that was in development from 2008 to 2009. Its purpose was to explore whether a radically different type of interface to the Web — a task-centric, natural-language-based command line — could help us get common Web tasks done faster. </li></ul><ul><li>Though the work on it is on an indefinite hiatus, the ubiquity extension for Firefox is available for download. </li></ul>
Factors which drove the project <ul><li>Linguistic Interfaces- the need to make the interface close enough to their natural language that people can understand how to use it. </li></ul><ul><li>Task centric Web Browsing-the need to make the web task-ready rather than just a destination where one finds information </li></ul>
Technology <ul><li>Ubiquity commands are small chunks of Java scripts which can interface with web services. </li></ul>
Features <ul><li>Wikipedia- One can get all the wiki pages of information by just typing the search topic </li></ul><ul><li>Map – one can get the Google map of his required destination to get the map right in front of his screen. </li></ul><ul><li>Email – the email command uses Gmail for now. One can email to friends using this add-on </li></ul><ul><li>Translate – Translates a phrase to any language you want. </li></ul><ul><li>The above four commands are some of the commands, you can read more about them at https:// wiki.mozilla.org/Labs/Ubiquity/Ubiquity_0.1_User_Tutorial </li></ul>
Current Status <ul><li>The project has been stopped as on Jan’2010 but Mozilla plans to revisit the project sometime in the future. </li></ul><ul><li>They have Google group/mailing list which is useful for command development, feature suggestion, and other high level discussions </li></ul><ul><li>http://groups.google.com/group/ubiquity-firefox </li></ul>
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