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batata
Strollin' around
Status: New idea

Say I have in my bookmarks this page https://connect.mozilla.org/t5/ideas/idb-p/ideas/page/7

Then I navigate up to page 14 https://connect.mozilla.org/t5/ideas/idb-p/ideas/page/14 and want to update my bookmark to continue later.

Currently there is no fast way to do it, either I go find my old bookmark and manually edit the url, or delete it and create a new one. Both solution involve many clicks or typing.

It would be amazing if I could just click the icon and it would be smart enough to recognize that I have already a very similar bookmark saved and propose me (optionally) to update it with one single click.

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Status changed to: New idea
Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for submitting an idea to the Mozilla Connect community! Your idea is now open to votes (aka kudos) and comments.

igorlogius
Familiar face

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/auto-updating-bookmark

Hope it helps.

 

-- edit ---

I kind of feel like your request is slightly different from what my addon provides,but it might be possible to create a new addon, which behaves a bit closer to what you suggest.

Only issue would be to correctly define the rules which define what a "matching"  bookmark is and such edgcases for when multiple bookmarks match. 
If you like we can try to work something out.

batata
Strollin' around

Hi @igorlogius !

I don't know what is doable or not with extensions but here's how I imagine it.

The same way the icon has two states, empty or blue when bookmarked, it could have a third one maybe green? or transparent? or half-filled? or striped? which would mean that we can update it.

If it's impossible it could be an icon nearby visible only when a bookmark is updatable.

Then how to get a matching bookmark? We could find the closest url in the same domain using Damerau–Levenshtein algorithm. But maybe it's too complicated/overkill/slow so a more simple approach could be to rewind the browsing undo history of the tab and check the domain name :

  • if different domain or no undo history -> break not updatable
  • if same domain and bookmarked -> break updatable
  • else -> continue searching
igorlogius
Familiar face

And lets say we can use the domain comparision and for the rest the Damerau-Levenstein Distance.

 

  • enabled  := unique match found,  clicking can update a existing bookmark.
  • disabled := multiple matches , (clicking has no effect)

disabled means) more than 1 bookmark with the domain match and the have the same DL distance (for example: bookmarks with the same url)

That should actually be pretty easy, since it is similar to another addon i have already creaed, which works to indicate if links are already bookmarked.

I am just a bit unsure ... if i bookmark myself post on newssites/github/stackexchange/...  (with artikels/post/repos) and acidentally click the icon this would certainly find a valid match and overwrite something i might have archives ... sound a bit dangerous.  The only issue i see to resolve this would add exclusions for sites ... which i am not sure only indicates that this idea ... might not actually be as useful in a general sense.

batata
Strollin' around

I think even if there is multiple different bookmarks for the same domain the first match in the undo history should be the right one.

batata
Strollin' around

I think even if there is multiple different bookmarks of the same domain the first one to match in our undo history should be the right one.