Firefox Tips And Tricks

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Presentation about Firefox browser for the CISTI NIS InfoConference Oct 26, 2006

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  • - For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Stephen Anthony, technology architect. I worked for many years in your directorate as part of the advanced services section before it was discontinued. Some questions before we begin: How many people have used firefox? How many people use it as their regular browser? How many people are having to support patrons who are using it in their institutes?
  • Firefox Tips And Tricks

    1. 1. Mozilla Firefox NIS Infoconference Presented by: Stephen K. Anthony – CISTI Technology and Research 2006-10-26
    2. 2. <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorfed/272070086/ </li></ul>
    3. 3. Popularity <ul><li>Image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers </li></ul>
    4. 4. Operating Systems <ul><li>Windows 98 </li></ul><ul><li>Windows ME </li></ul><ul><li>Windows NT 4.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Windows 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Windows XP ( Recommended ) </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Server 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Linux kernel - 2.2.14 or higher </li></ul><ul><li>Mac OS X 10.2.x and later </li></ul><ul><li>Available in over 30 languages, including English and French. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Features <ul><li>All the usual things you expect in a web browser plus: </li></ul><ul><li>tabbed browsing </li></ul><ul><li>popup blocking </li></ul><ul><li>easy search </li></ul><ul><li>simple privacy </li></ul><ul><li>better bookmarks/history management </li></ul>
    6. 6. Features <ul><li>accessible, responsive, intelligent </li></ul><ul><li>customizable and extendable </li></ul><ul><li>good download management </li></ul><ul><li>standards compliant </li></ul><ul><li>simple and straight-forward </li></ul>
    7. 7. Customizable <ul><li>Any and all parts of Firefox are customizable. </li></ul><ul><li>You can change or code to all the buttons, functions, menus. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for fantastic extensibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins can be created or downloaded to extend the existing functionality of Firefox. </li></ul><ul><li>It is extremely fast and easy to do, as compared with most other browsers. </li></ul><ul><li>Very popular with library developers. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Firefox in the library <ul><li>Custom searches </li></ul><ul><li>Extensions and toolbars for libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Greasemonkey </li></ul><ul><li>COinS </li></ul><ul><li>Help bring the library services to the patron, instead of bringing the patron to the library (website). </li></ul>
    9. 51. Nifty tidbit <ul><li>Try the Google Firefox Sync tool: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/ </li></ul>
    10. 52. Links <ul><li>Mozilla Firefox - http://www. mozilla .com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox Extensions - https:// addons . mozilla .org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox Features - http://www.switch2firefox.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox stuff for CISTI - http://lab. cisti - icist . nrc - cnrc . gc .ca/ </li></ul><ul><li>Google Firefox Tools - http://www. google .com/tools/ firefox / </li></ul>
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