3 Tagging Add-ons For Firefox
Firefox 3 introduced a new way of keeping an eye on bookmarks in the Firefox browser. Tag supported was added in the version which allowed users of the browser to add descriptive tags to bookmarks which can be referenced when text is entered in the browser's address bar
Instead of having to enter the address of the website in question or at least part of it, you can enter a tag instead and results matching the entered tags are displayed.Tags are quite useful when you need to bookmark several pages on a website, say multiple articles here on Ghacks. Entering ghacks in the address bar won't necessarily reveal the article that you want to open while entering the associated tag might.
The screenshot at the top shows the tag help on the right side. Tags don't have to be identical to a site's address or title which is the greatest strength of the system.
Adding tags to bookmarks is completely optional and a cumbersome process especially for users who imported bookmarks from Firefox 2 and decided to tag them all, or at least part of them, to use the tagging feature in Firefox.
The following three Firefox add-ons help the user and make tagging much easier.
- Handytag: Firefox does not suggest tags when you bookmark a page, even if a similar page was bookmarked and tagged a before. Handytag steps in and provides tag suggestions by looking through the list of previous tags and external sources like Delicious, meta keyword information and a keyword extractor.
- Tagmarks: Inspired by the star in the address bar which, when clicked on, will automatically bookmark the current tab. Tagmarks introduces a set of additional icons in the Firefox 3 address bar which can be used to tag a page. You can select between one and all of the icons available and list all tagged bookmarks in a separate window.The Firefox add-on does have a few limitations. There is no way to associate different names with icons or add new icons that are not available by default. This could be really useful if the developer would add customization to the add-on.
- TagSifter (not compatible with recent versions of Firefox): Provides a way to browse tags in the sidebar. Comes with a Firefox 2 bookmark importer that can tag pages automatically and makes use of operators to find tags, for example tag2-tag3.