epiphany-logo.png

GNOME Web

A simple, clean, beautiful view of the web


What are ways that Epiphany can be improved?

To edit this page, create a GNOME wiki account or log in, ask on IRC to be added to the trusted editor list, then click edit at the bottom of this page.

Suggestions

Keyboard Shortcuts

CTRL-arrows (up, left, down) do the same thing as (or instead of) ALT-arrows (up, back, forward). -- KristofferLunden

  1. It's possible to do with only one hand, making navigation more convenient.
  2. It seems to be more in line with the rules, see ALT-D and conventions at the bottom of this page.
  3. In forms, it should behave as usual (jump words). Typically, a user want to type or navigate. Other keys have double meanings for this too. inside and outside textfields/areas without there being any confusion.

CTRL-Enter, SHIFT-enter etc. - if/when search from location bar gets unbroken, I could think to have alternative searches on these. Specifically, I've several times wished for a "Google Lucky" on CTRL-Enter, for those times I've just typed "gaim" and have the choice of either search and click first or continue typing ".sf.net". In many cases I know that a lucky would do the right thing. Of course, this would probably be individual what a user wants there. -- KristofferLunden

F12 - Open web inspector in browser window. Currently there is no way to launch the web inspector without using the mouse? -- KeithHughitt

Keyboard Navigation

Better support for using the keyboard to open links, like the Hit-a-Hint (HaH) Firefox extension.

Usage: Press and hold space, wait for hints to be drawn (need a fast computer, because it's slow), type link's hint such as 140, (hold CTRL to open in a new tab) release space.

Alternative usage: press and release comma (,), wait for hints to be drawn, type link's hint, press and release comma, press enter to open link, CTRL-enter to open it in a new tab.

Find as you type is okay, but it is difficult to open image links (find a link near it in the document order, then tab to it). Also, typing text contained in a link to launch it using the keyboard is annoying because sometimes a different link matches the typed text, so you must look for which link is activated, and issue a command to go to the next link to go to the correct one.

Easily go to the next page in search results, similar to how NextPlease does it. Example: Search google, and press ctrl-right arrow to get to the next page of results.

  • For now there is a "hotkeys" extension in development for Epiphany. Have a look at the mailing list for more information.

TLD Shortcuts

Firefox behavior: Type "sitename" in the location bar, CTRL+Enter for www.sitename.com ("www.sitename.com"). Others: Shift + Enter for .net, Ctrl + Shift + Enter: for .org

Also, it would be nice if the *default* behavior when typing phrases into the location bar that do not start with http, www, etc. were to search for them. Currently, if you type "some search terms" and hit enter, you will get a 404 for "http://some search terms". Since searching via the location bar is often useful, it would be nice to have that as the default behavior, rather than having to key down to the "Search the web" option every time. --KeithHughitt

Session Management

Remember currently opened tabs/windows, after Epiphany quits. Have an option to resume with these sites the next time Epiphany is started. This feature currently only works when epiphany crashes, so it would probably be quite easy to implement it every time Epiphany quits, no matter what the reason.

  • Make it a setting, so Epiphany doesn't ask every time the browser starts (just making sure)
  • This is already the behavior if you leave Epiphany open when you log out, and set GNOME to save the session, but an option to remember tabs when the window is closed would be good. Also tab history should be remembered.
  • I agree easy access to recently closed tabs would be convenient, but session management is something for an extension. Epiphany is part of the GNOME session and should not implement its own sessions by default. -- ReinoutVanSchouwen

    • Please consider how an application behaves from the user's point of view. Would it be useful for the user to have Epiphany save the state on every exit, if that's what the person wants? I think it would be quite useful. Some people have less memory, for instance, so keeping Epiphany and the computer running all the time isn't feasible (which is the only way to keep back and the open tabs accessible). The save on session exit tells the app that the user is logging off, so please the app should save its state. It's simply one of the conditions where state should be save, not the only condition. Requiring an extension to expose what could easily be done, and should be done, by default would be a loss for the users.

      • The conceptual model of Epiphany doesn't include starting and exiting the application, just opening and closing webpages. Starting and exiting should be completely transparent to the user, and it's the responsibility of the OS to make sure the Epiphany binary starts up quickly when it's not started yet, sorry. -- ReinoutVanSchouwen

      • While I would agree with you if Epiphany uses SDI, it doesn't. Having multiple tabs webpages in the same window inherenertly means that the actual conceptual model does have this concept of an application.

    • Whatever the philosophical points are, the lack of a "my tabs as I had them before I hit the quit button" function is the one thing that keeps me from switching to Epiphany from FF for good. During a browser working period I open maybe 25-40 tabs. As I work through them, I close them one by one, some are still open, maybe 10. Then I hit the quit button. Perhaps I just "stopped browser work", want to do something else, and my brain has killed the browser before I even think about it. Or for a milllion of other reasons (system resources, task bar space, lunch, over night shut-down, or because it just happened like some things do). Now, the one thing I don't want to do when I open my browser again is having to retrace my steps - from a minute to a week ago - and re-open the same 10 to 20 tabs. How annoying!!! What I need, is a button to enable the auto-restore function forever. I don't care, if its an extension or in the normal preferences. Just... get it done, please!

Scrolling

Ignore scroll wheel events for uninstalled plugins - scrolling up and down a page that has flash with the scrollwheel triggers the plugin dialog.

  • Yes please, and also include option in gconf maybe to turn off sending mousewheel events to plugins. For example when I'm scrolling webpage with flash ads and accidentally mouse cursor appears above such flash ad, scrolling stops and scroll events are going to flash plugin.--Pavel_Kanzelsberger
  • Add also option to turn on "Epiphany" name appearing in window title (gconf recommended), because now it is impossible to scroll inside Epiphany using Griffin PowerMate scroll wheel. All other browsers including Firefox and Flock has it's name in title, so their window can be identified by gizmo-daemon.--Pavel_Kanzelsberger

Add support for "autoscrolling" (middle-click and going up and down the mouse to scroll the page) - plus that should not go back to a previously visited page, like in Firefox.

  • Will be added as an extension in 1.8.0.

When the mouse's scroll wheel is used when the mouse is positioned above the horizontal scroll bar, the page should scroll horizontally instead of vertically.

Tabs and Windows

Tabs should be able to be moved to the location of the newer browsers, also the tabs bar should never be hidden! ( Firefox.4, chromium, opera, etc ) -- Jamesitegen Tabs should be intergrated into the GTK titlebar, somewhat like in chromium. ( Though chromium does not use gtk's titlebar ) -- Jamesitegen

Avoid opening blank tabs for downloads - when middle clicking a download link, a blank tab shouldn't be opened. Same thing goes for target="_blank".

  • How to tell if a link is a download or a new page until the browser tries to get it from the server?
    • Check the url for common non-web page extensions. If a URL specified a file that ends in .zip, then it's almost certainly not a displayable webpage. This won't work for all downloadable files, but it's easy and good enough.
    • The browser can check for the MIME type the server returns to know what to deal with.
  • SeanMiddleditch: Would there be a latency problem with not opening the new window/tab until after you have received enough of the HTTP response (MIME type, specifically) to know whether it's a download or displayable page? If there is, would having the newly opened window/tab auto-close once the response is received be too onerous?

    • Yes, there might be a considerable delay. The problem with waiting before opening is user feedback, people will most likely be confused and click the link multiple times if nothing happens. Auto-closing could be interpreted as a program glitch or error. -- KristofferLunden

    • Just change to busy curser until mime type header is parsed. If web page open in new tab else download. -- FrejSoya

  • The disable targets for downloads Firefox extension removes the target attribute to prevent pages from opening blank tabs when the link is clicked for these file extensions: zip rar exe tar jar xpi gzip gz ace bin. More extensions can be added through an about:config setting.

Open links targeting a new window in the current tab - It's annoying when links open in a new window when it's expected to open in the current one. An exception should be made for windows that specify a size.

  • I'd rather that links targeting new windows would (have the ability to?) open in a new tab instead. That way it could be kept consistent with forms that target new windows which would do the same. Also, there are valid design reasons for targeting new windows, such as for external links contra internal etc, but the end user should ultimately decide how it should be handled (current tab, new tab, new window). This is something I've been missing in browsers for a very long time. It would also be nice if status bar or similar could indicate what target a link (or a button) has. -- KristofferLunden

  • If the user is too choose where a tab is loaded then it would me nice to at least have the coice of the default i.e. left click opens new window or new tab and middle does the other.
  • The TargetAlert extension for Firefox displays an icon after links to indicate the link target, similar to how Wikipedia displays an icon for external links.

Tabs should have a variable width, so if your screen resolution isn't that big, you can't open more that, like, 10 tabs before you see the arrows allowing you to switch from a tab to another one. Tabs width should be flexible enough to enter a certain amount of tabs.

  • This is a GTK limitation, perhaps the code for sizing window titles in the panel could be ported to apply to tabs.

Minimize tabs which were inactivate the longest amount of time to history when the number of tabs reaches a high number (perhaps 7?).

Undo close tab - JosephHuang often closes a tab, then realizes that it was the wrong one/still needs it. In reponse to some feedback on Epiphany IRC channel: This has nothing to do with being "document oriented" or not, because it's a simple matter of human error. And not, people closing tabs accidently does not mean that it's too easy to close tabs, or that the problem is somewhere else. Even if the problem was partly somewhere else, being able to undo a close tab action is still useful, because of the fact that people make mistakes. See HIG: Forgive the User

Automatically point the cursor to the address bar when opening a new tab.(...)

  • Already fixed (see here

When a more or less complete URL (eg. http://www.example.com, www.example.com, example.com as text, not as a hyperlink) is selected and a new tab or window is opened (with a mouse gesture, for example), that URL should automaticly be loaded in the new window/tab. This is one of the features in Firefox which I really miss in Epiphany/Galeon.

I would like it if double clicking on a link in history would open it in a tab instead of a new window. I have Epiphany set as my default browser and I have it set to open links in a new tab, but links opened through history still open in a new window.

Remember past search terms - remember past search terms and make them available while typing at the location bar, just as history and bookmarks are.

When you make a new tab it should not load your home page, but insteadit should allow you to type in the search/address-bar like most if not all other browsers.. -- Jamesitegen

Support for other search engine that Google in the search bar.

  • This is possible by changing about:config => browser.keyword.url, but a more friendly way of changing it should be implemented, perhaps as picking a pre-existing smart bookmark.

"The URL is not valid and cannot be loaded." should automatically forward whatever was typed to a search, because that is usually what was intended, only problem is that there happened to be a dot (.) in the terms. -- KristofferLunden

When searching, the words used for the search should be available for quick navigation, probably in find bar. Features:

  • Highlight search terms - toggle
  • The words filled in in search box, so CTRL-G can search for the phrase (if that was intended)
  • The words as buttons, which performs a seach for each of the words one by one
  • Alternative: The complete phrase and each of the parts in a dropdown or similar, searches for those when chosen. Same as: paste chosen into find box, CTRL-G.

Most of this is of course similar to behaviour I recall from the Google bar, though I haven't used one of those in a long time. -- KristofferLunden

I would like to use the "site search" feature of the Googlebar also in Epiphany. is this somehow implemented in newer versions? -- ThiloPfennig 2005-12-20 13:07:00

* Begin searching while start typing like is possible to set in firefox and also go to the next find using F3.

There should be an option for the menu to have another mode ( like firefox.4 ). Also being intergrated into the gtk title bar would be awesome. ( like in ms-windows, Vista & 7 ) -- Jamesitegen

Also the intergration should be able to be modified by GTK settings, like if someone takes the idea of a Mac feel to the gnome-shell bar for an example. -- Jamesitegen

Context menu

Add "Copy link text" under "Copy link address" for hyperlinks. I feel I often want to copy the exact text of a link, but clicking to drag a selection often conflicts with clicking to activate link, making it take several tries - and in some layouts it's even all but impossible. -- KristofferLunden

Add "Google selected text" under "Copy link text" -- Jamesitegen

Remove "bookmark" menu item for links, because there's no point in bookmarking an unvisited page.

  • Actually, I do that often. And there's plenty point, for instance pages that do redirects but can't or shouldn't be bookmarked at the resulting URL (because it's random, because it has session info, etc).

"Feed selected text to location bar". Same thing as pressing CTRL-C, CTRL-L, CTRL-V, Enter. Universal method for using non-linked URLs, perform a search for keywords and so on. The algorithm that decides what happens when this is done manually should be good enough to use this way too. Should be first class menu entry when some text is selected. -- KristofferLunden

What about addding a feature that, in case the selected text is a URL (i.e. starts with 'http://') but it's not an 'a' element -- an actual link then, shows the option 'Open link'. This would avoid copy and paste and enter. -- GiulioBai

Bookmarks

Full text searching of bookmarked pages would help people find what they are looking for.

  • Make it accessible from location bar?
  • Latent Semantic Indexing support?

  • Disk space and processor cycles are cheap, and indexing could be done in the background.
  • Add StumbleUpon-like functionality to help people find sites that may be interested in (based on bookmarks?)?

Bookmark keywords would make visiting frequently used sites and keywords easier like in Firefox. The keyword input box should be shorter than the title box, unlike in Firefox, because it would be pointless to have a keyword as long as the bookmark's title. Creating a namespace for the sites that have keywords sets would make it better than Firefox's implementation.

  1. Bookmarks Ars Technica, with keyword ars

  2. ars in the location bar to accesses Ars Technica.

  3. ars:news to access the news section at http://arstechnica.com/news

    • Also allow keyword to be assigned to a namespace, so a bookmark of the news page with keyword n under the namespace ars could be accessed through ars:n.

Search:

  1. Bookmarks http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=%s with title dictionary.com search and keyword with d

  2. Look words up by typing d wordtolookup or the pre-existing method of the dropdown in the location bar
  3. Filling in any %s with words after keyword would make it a search, just like in Firefox. Having 'search' in the title is optional.

    • This is bug 118618 which I've just reopened. (Please don't add comments that only reiterate what is on this page already.) -- ReinoutVanSchouwen.

Add an "add this search" option in the context menu for keyboard input elements which use GET, just like Firefox. Also should be accessible by another means, perhaps Bookmarks -> add search

Another nice feature is if a quicksearch and a non-search bookmark both could have the same keyword, with the correct one would chosen depending on if there were extra words or not. Maybe a bookmark (with keyword) should have the ability to hold two URLs, one for each type? Then again, that might be confusing.

Examples:

  1. wp epiphany to search Wikipedia for "Epiphany".

  2. wp for the Wikipedia frontpage.

Sharing of bookmarks would be easy with something like del.icio.us

It would be nice to be able to export bookmarks to some file without having to do it through the UI. This way, I can setup cron to track my bookmarks and import the resulting file on to any other machines I might use. Something like...

epiphany --export-bookmarks [bookmark-style] >~/ephy-favorites.xml

Integration with other programs

Refactor bookmarks into different a service that can be called from other applications?

  • Being able to do a web search from other programs could be useful. Example: selecting a few words in Gaim or Gedit and being able to do Context menu->Search Web for.

Add Beagle searching support.

Use a separate program for downloads such as gwget. That way if Epiphany crashes, downloads are not interrupted. As the Epiphany manifesto states, use small tools that each do their task well.

  • Eventually downloads are going to be delegated to Nautilus. -- ReinoutVanSchouwen

  • Part file detection and resumption should also be supported as a feature of this as well (ala wget -c) -- SamuelMoffatt

Integration with liferea RSS news reader in the manner of flock. Bookmarked sites, which have RSS feed to be hourly checked for new items and to have place, where all RSS feeds are agregated. IT would be nice if this place is automatic generated HTML.

Integration with Drivel for making drafts for blog entries and direct blogging of websites parts with highlighting it and choosing from context menu "blog this". Again the idea is from flock.

Integration with Revelation (a password manager for GNOME) would be nice. Ideally, revelation and epiphany would just use the same mechanism for storing passwords, so that a saved password in epiphany automatically becomes a "Website" entry in revelation and vice versa. I guess that would require changes in both epiphany and revelation. See also Revelation Bug 134. -- LevinFritz

  • Wouldn't it be better to use gnome-keyring, seeing as it's the default password manager for GNOME? -- DanielSchierbeck

Let Seahorse handle all the certificate stuff, once that is implemented. -- DanielSchierbeck

Interface

Change font size selection to sliders since relative font size is more important than absolute font size. See HIG: Sliders

Align the back button with the left edge of the screen when Epiphany is maximized, to make it easier to click on. In full screen mode, toolbar buttons should extend to the top of the screen to make clicking on them easier. When the toolbar is off in full screen mode, the tabs should extend to the top of the screen. This would make the targets infinately high, making them much easier to acquire. See Fitts's law.

A button for showing the toolbar when in full screen mode using the mouse (as a "show toolbar" button in the top left corner?).

Invert link colors after a link is launched, to give feedback.

The "Up" navigation should also be aware of subdomains, see the behaviour of the Go Up Firefox extension. -- KristofferLunden

GabrielHurley: Make the HTTP form buttons in Epiphany look like any other button in regular GNOME applications. Make the buttons based on GTK widgets.

ability to put the location-bar/links/buttons in the "File Edit View" menu. why all the menus is editable and that one isnt?

Add a folding option for results in the location bar : if I type "live", show only one result for live.gnome.org and expand it on selection. Or maybe use a tree-like system or a nautilus location-bar-like completion.

Would it be possible to have the toolbar auto hide in full screen mode and then re-appear when you mouse over it? This would increase viewing area for users with small screens like me.

Forms

Add spell checking capability for text fields/forms. Enchant can be the backend for this functionality.

Remember previously entered form information. The functionality is there but doesn't work in epiphany since it's XUL-based (or so it seems).

When the mouse's scroll wheel is used when the mouse is positioned above the horizontal scroll bar, the page should scroll horizontally instead of vertically.

Non-resizable text boxes - make text boxes resizable, which would be helpful for wiki editing and too-narrow text boxes.

Extensions

The one missing Firefox feature that stops me using Epiphany (or even Galeon) as my default browser is adblock (adblock.mozdev.org), without the ability to add import an adlist the web is unusable.

  • [Just to say that I agree: a performant ad blocking system, available as a plugin or built-in, should be included in Epiphany]

    [<aol>Me too!</aol> Adblock is the reason I switched from Epiphany to Firefox, and I can't imagine ever switching back if I'd have to give it up]

  • See: Epiphany/AdBlockExtension

The one extention I miss from Firefox is the Gmail Notifier. I hope that I'm not the only one who use this feature :P But probably this could be enhenced as a POP/IMAP notifier that would open the webmail box or the email client.

Is it entirely impossible to make Epiphany compatible with Firefox extensions? That would be the best solution to the problem instead of porting a select few extensions to Epiphany, IMHO, but the question of feasibilty remains, of course.

Web Archive

I'd like to have the feature to save the complete web page content in one compact archive - like Konqueror's 'Archive Web Page' plugin or Firefox's ScrapBook http://amb.vis.ne.jp/mozilla/scrapbook/ extension. This feature enables one to easily download complete web pages on the desktop and easy removing them 'cause one does not not to hunt for the '..Files' folders. -- GourDasa

Live Bookmarks

A Firefox feature that I think that would combine well with the Epiphany Bookmarks, and that could be implemented as a extension, is the Live Bookmarks. It must be very easy to implement with Python and the Mark Pilgrim's Universal Feed Reader. I can imagine typing, for example slashdot in the location bar and the last news appearing...

Zotero - Research Plugin

How can Zotero made to work together with Epiphany Browser? For me it is a so much required tool for research and note taking. In Firefox/Flock it is a plugin, but I would prefer Epiphany over these browsers. Any chances to get it on Epiphany Browser?

Thubstrips Extension

A nice to have extension. Eye candy

Page Zooming (for wide screens especcially)

Many Internet pages have different interfaces. In adition, there are a lot of wide screens. It would be VERY usefull:

  • to zoom entire page as is (for example, Ctrl+Alt+-|+)
  • to zoom page automatically to fit window width (for example, Ctrl+*). It makes sense only for pages which do not use all the width alredy! For example, for this page Ctrl+* wouldn't do anything.

This feature is avaiable in may browsers.

Image Zooming

It seems Epiphany doesn't zoom images along with text . It is inconvenient in some way . Sometimes there is a tiny image , but I want to see the image in detail . Would you make it possible ?

  • I second this request. In Epiphany, when zooming in, it increases the text but not the images. I am currently using a Firefox version with smooth scaling, and the images enlarge smoothly without pixelating. AndyPritchard

Other

"Context sensitive menus fail to include "universal" options" - the back button should be shown in the context menu more often, since it's used so often. This may conflict with HIG: Popup Menus, but since Epiphany is treating right-click on a large image as the image being selected, and back is the most frequently used command by far in a web browser, JosephHuang thinks that showing back when the context menu is invoked over a large image would make navigation easier.

  • Back button should be shown in context menu whenever it is possible to go back, IMO. And when not, it should simply be greyed out to mark that there is no previous history. -- KristofferLunden

  • Hide protocol for http, file, and keyword URLs
  • Easily use the keyboard to launch links, see Hit-a-Hint

  • Change the color for links opened in a new tab.
  • Changes in font size and font face should be given an apply button, because it takes more than one second (if a large number of tabs/windows are open). The HIG is ambigious on what to do if a certain action sometimes takes more than one second. HIG: Utility Windows

  • For discussion: Typing :3000 could default to http://localhost:3000 - I know it would save me a lot of typing, but is there reasons against it? Would it then also be logical to have a single colon (:) default to http://localhost:80? Note that this is a quite developer-centric feature, and so might make little sense for everyday use. On the other hand, if it doesn't affect the normal user negatively...?

    • This might be a decent idea, but autocompletion would be a more useful way to provide such a feature. Example: if localhost:3000 was visited before, then when l is typed, it fills in the rest, with the filled-in portion being selected. Then just press enter to visit the site. Or, if you mean to visit live.gnome.org, just keep typing.
      • Perhaps. On the other hand, I think that having a lot of localhost URLs in my history is annoying and would actually like to see them filtered out by default. =) Anyways, Epiphany, like most browsers, already does this autocomplete. I thought of it like yet another convenient shortcut, much like URLs starting with / is assumed to be file:// (there's not much else it could be).

        • The 'autocomplete' that Epiphany does requires you to press the down arrow, which is quite annoying. The best match should be filled in and selected. Yes, : would be an useful shortcut, so I think it'd be a good thing. I don't think local urls should be filtered out of history, because then they wouldn't be autocompleted, so then every time I visited say, :3000/admin. I'd have to type out the admin part, when it should be avoided.
  • gecko as independent library - I realize that gecko is part of the mozilla project. However, help from Epiphany developers (and perhaps developers of other gecko-based browsers) could ease the burden off the mozilla developers to put gecko in its own library. As it stands, Epiphany cannot be installed without installing Firefox or Mozilla and I believe this results in distributions being less likely to ship Epiphany as the default browser since that would require at least two browsers being installed.
    • If/when XULRunner is ready, Epiphany will be able to use it. But for the forseeable future it isn't likely that distribution vendors will move away from bundling mozilla/firefox in favor of XULRunner. - ReinoutVanSchouwen

Fixed

an options in prefereces to show the tab-bar eaven if only one tab is open.

  • Set /apps/epiphany/general/always_show_tabs_bar to true with gconf-editor
    • ok, that works. but still a nice check box in preferences will be a good thing..

Allowing new windows to specify size on open using Javascript is fixed in 1.7.x

Add F5 as another shortcut to refresh the page, instead of just CTRL-R.

  • Please not, F5 should be, as in Evince and OpenOffice, for the presentation mode. This would be also usefull for Epiphany -- JohannesHoelzl

  • F5 has already been made a shortcut for reload in 1.9.x. F11 (fullscreen) should be good enough for "presentation mode". --ReinoutVanSchouwen

Autofocus location bar

When opening new tabs/windows, the address bar is given focus in CVS head. The work-around for older versions is to set the home page to "about:reallyblank", as given in the FAQ for After opening a new tab or window, the location bar isn't focused Alternatively, try the blank new tab extension.

why opening a new tab loads the home page? if i want my home page i will use the Home button. a new tab should open an about:blank page.

  • see above.
    • the link to the "blank new tab" extension is broken (404).

someone who have this extension can uploald it and give a link? thanks.

Speed

  • Could Epiphany be improved using some of the code of Swiftfox?
    • No. Epiphany uses the gtkmozembed part of whatever Mozilla version it is compiled against.
  • see Browser speed comparisons

    • The results for Epiphany on that page say nothing, because they're using a completely obsolete version. --ReinoutVanSchouwen

Won't implement

Close tab on middle-click - one of the more useful usability features of Firefox is the ability to use the entire area of a tab as its own close button by middle-clicking it. Given Epiphany's integration with Gnome, this is may be a feature that would need to be implemented in Gnome itself; however, I don't see that as a major hurdle since it would be beneficial to any scenario and not just web browsing. To the best of my knowledge, closing tabs on middle-click is an expected or at least anticipated behavior for many applications and environments.

  • Taking action after the user didn't click on a button widget is unpredictable behaviour (bad for the default). Also it would make it too easy to accidentally close a tab while scrolling through them with the mouse wheel. However, a 3rd-party extension exists that implements tab close on middle click. --ReinoutVanSchouwen

ALT-D as a shortcut for the location bar

  • There is an alt-d extension, see here

The convention for ALT-letter is that it opens menus, activates buttons (e.g. "Find Next") or otherwise tickles something Labelled, Visible and Underlined. Internet Explorer is unconventional.

The Conkeror extension takes keyboard usage farther, replacing the standard chrome with a much more minimal interface with emacs (or vi) keybindings.

  • Epiphany definitely won't be fitted with an emacs interface... -- ReinoutVanSchouwen All right, but I was thinking of implementing a more keyboard friendly UI, with perhaps an extension that takes it to an extreme.

CTRL-SHIFT-L - Paste and go, same thing as "CTRL-L, CTRL-V, Enter". This is one of the most common operations and deserves its own shortcut (even though the exact shortcut can be debated). -- KristofferLunden

  • This would be useful, perhaps a more easily entered shortcut should be use such as CTRL-V.
    • Not that, it's taken convention Paste and I have no wish to change it. CTRL-SHIFT something usually isn't that much harder, inconvenience is more likely to come from forcing two-handed or widespread combinations. If CTRL-L is comfortable, CTRL-SHIFT-L should be OK. There's also the added bonus of it being "same, but more" as CTRL-L.
      • I'd say that I do it often enough so that a two-key shortcut should be used. I like CTRL-V because it would feel quite intuitive, and wouldn't mean memorizing another shortcut for paste. CTRL-V pastes normally in input elements and in location bar, but does the extra maneuver otherwise? That does makes some sense, but might invoke this when you thought you pasted normally, causing you to in worst case lose information written. I know that Epiphany saves form information on forward/back, but this does not always work (that's not Epiphany's fault, but how some web pages are built, it's the same for all browsers). If you look how your fingers are placed at CTRL-L, I'd say that CTRL-SHIFT-L is easy. But I'm willing to try either. =) Shall I file this as a feature request? (It does depend on if the broken search behaviour is fixed though, without that it's half useless) -- KristofferLunden

        • I'm curious, what's wrong with the search behavior? Maybe a different shortcut like CTRL-; would be better.

Voice input and output similar to Opera voice.

JosephHuang's new proposal:

CTRL-K for search => focus the location bar and puts "g " (for google) as the input.

  • word => g word

  • word CTRL-Enter => www.word.com

  • word. => autofill com

  • soks.o => www.soks.org (autofill the rg when the o is entered) with the same idea for com, gov, net, and perhaps more TLDs.

  • Which TLDs should probably by default be most common non-country specific (com, net, org, info, gov?) with option to customize the list (so you could choose name instead of net, for instance).

Apps/Web/Contact/Suggestions (last edited 2016-11-26 18:35:23 by MichaelCatanzaro)