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I think it's great that the Delicious Bookmarks Firefox Add-on provides an option to switch between normal mode (heavy duty, adds a new menu and syncs your Firefox bookmarks to del.icio.us), and the lean classic mode.

I'm a big fan of classic mode. I don't want my add-ons in my face. (I do my syncing with Foxmarks, anyway.) For del.icio.us, all I want are the two toolbar buttons, "tag this" and "Delicious." It's fine if add-ins provides more options, but please don't change my user experience if I don't want you to.

This is how classic mode used to be, and how I remember my Bookmarks menu:


Yay! There's my little "Tag" tool right next to the Home button.

Yahoo decided to "improve" the Classic Mode by adding a handful of menu item to the Bookmarks menu like this:

What were they thinking?  Don't they know the whole point of classic mode is not to do stuff like that?

That means I have to drag the mouse considerably further away to access my bookmarks. Those extra menu items were already available on the Navigation toolbar.  So the new menu items are simply in the way, and make the menu harder to use.  Ugh.

Downloader beware. If you want the clean, uncluttered UI, download version 2.0.64.

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sjonsvenson
Aug. 10th, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
I am not using bookmarks.
In stead I copy the address into my 'index' page. Plain HTML.
The result is that I have my 'bookmarks' available in any browsers (I switch often between Opera and Firefox) and on any computer on the home network.
dblume
Aug. 10th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
Sounds good. I accomplish pretty much the same thing with a script that parses the sync'ed bookmarks on a remote server.

That way, work and home bookmarks are completely isolated yet still accessible, in case I need something from the other batch.
sjonsvenson
Aug. 10th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
I still remember my very first HTML coding steps. I exported the bookmarks from Netscape (version-2) and removed a bunch of links I didn't want.
I started that way and still do almost the same thing. ^_^

I could use a script but I doubt I can make that run on the work systems (we are seriously restricted).
osunick
Nov. 21st, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Why not use just the standard bookmarkets? Also, keyboard shortcuts will help alleviate some of our frustrations.
dblume
Nov. 21st, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
I don't know exactly what you mean. What are the standard bookmarkets?

Keyboard shortcuts are great. Ctrl+Shift+L works in 2.0.64 without the extra menu items in the Bookmarks menu. Yay!

This post is about removing undesired visual elements. The new Delicious menu items in the Bookmarks menu make it more inconvenient to use the Bookmarks menu to select bookmarks.

The very thing they're trying to improve, they're making worse for those of us who prefer Classic mode.
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