Extensions now available for both Firefox and Chrome

Firefox has gained a lot of exciting updates recently that make it very competitive with Chrome. Try it out if you haven’t already (I use the developer edition). Because both browsers now use the same extension API, I’ve just published my hands-free browsing extensions to both Firefox and Chrome repositories.

The first is Tab Namer (get for Firefox or Chrome), a very simple extension which renames tabs to a standard format. This makes it easier to create grammars which work for specific websites.

The second is a fork of Vimium that I’m calling Modeless Keyboard Navigation (get for Firefox or Chrome) to avoid confusion with Vimium. Unlike Vimium, the keyboard shortcuts can be used at any time, and the default bindings use modifier keys (think Emacs, not Vim). I find this much faster for voice control, where mode switching means a round-trip to Dragon.

Hope you find them useful! If you’ve discovered or created any useful browser extensions that help with voice control, please post them in the comments.

6 thoughts on “Extensions now available for both Firefox and Chrome”

  1. This is very interesting indeed, but the main hassle for me seems to be that every time I click a link I need to reactivate the link Markers so that it becomes e.g.

    “activate markers”
    “choose 156”
    “activate markers”
    “choose 17”
    “activate markers”

    Is there are an easy work-around to get rid of that?

    1. I use a foot pedal to activate the markers so it doesn’t bother me. I prefer that to having numbers visible all the time. I know folks disagree on this, so this might be a good reason to go with Mark’s extension.

  2. Have you tried the Handsfree for Web Chrome extension? I’m sure you have your internet browsing set up perfectly for voice commands, but I found this extension great for people who can’t code yet (me, I’m learning but it’s still very daunting).
    It does almost everything I want (but I’d like a way to auto scroll and select a specific tab rather than saying ‘previous tab’, ‘next tab’) and it works without needing WSR or Dragon.

    1. That’s great, thanks for sharing! I wish there were more easy-to-install options for hands-free control like this one.

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