When you quote text published on a website you usually need to copy the text itself that you want to quote and the web address (url) as you need to cite your source.While some web services and sites, often large enterprise news sites, don't link to their sources, it is vital information that readers can use to verify what is being stated.If you just get the quoted text but no source, you don't know if it is legitimate or not, or if part of it has been altered or taken out of context.
The small Firefox add-on Quote URL Text adds a new entry to the context menu of the web browser.
The Quote Text entry can be used to copy the selected text and the url of the page to the Clipboard.
This saves the step of having to repeat the process as it is usually only possible to copy one piece of data to the clipboard at the same time.
The Firefox add-on comes with a few options to include additional information like the title of the page and the date the page was visited.
There is even a separate tab for advanced formatting options which allows for additional format changes which can be useful if you want the information to be in a specific format right away.
The add-on seems to have a bug when enabling the context menu entry without having selected text before. The error does not have any negative effects though other than having to click on the OK button to get rid of it.
It would be nice if the developer of the add-on would include a few more options. Some interesting ones would be the use of url shortening services and the ability to add html code to the formatting.
One could for instance create a valid html link pointing to the url of the page with the link as the anchor.Advertisement
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