[LibX] LibX Prototype

Brian Nicholson brn at vt.edu
Tue Jul 20 14:09:30 PDT 2010

We do plan to keep the design where users will load their editions after the
plugin installation.  This design allows us to release a generic LibX plugin
that can be easily updated and distributed without having to build a new
plugin for each edition/browser whenever a change is made.

By "find the correct edition", do you mean that you are concerned about
users having to type in or locate the correct edition?  Remember that
editions can be automatically detected if users are at their editions'
pages; thus, you could simply give users a link to your edition's page for
them to go to after they install the plugin.  Eventually, we'll put this
generic LibX 2.0 installation link on each edition page.  You could then
just point users to your edition page and have them install LibX from a link
on that page, and after the installation, their edition will be auto-sensed
without any extra steps.

For anyone interested in clearing their edition and starting from scratch
(perhaps to test automatic edition loading), you can do the following:

- Type about:config in your location bar and press enter.  Take heed of the
warning, then click the button.
- In the Filter: box, enter "libx.edition.configurl" (without quotes).
 Right click the item that comes up, and select "Reset".
- Restart Firefox.

- Right click the LibX button and choose "Inspect popup".
- Enter "localStorage.clear()" (without quotes), and press Enter.
- Restart Chrome.


On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM, Peter Jorgensen <
p.jorgensen at lincolnlibraries.org> wrote:

> I trust that the extra step of having to find the correct edition after
> installation will not be needed when this is the real thing?
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Brian Nicholson" <brn at vt.edu>
> Sent 7/16/2010 10:57:28 PM
> To: libx at mozdev.org
> Subject: [LibX] LibX Prototype
> As everyone knows, we are currently developing LibX 2.0, and we would like
> users to try out a prototype so we can get feedback of the new design.  This
> prototype is only available for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
>  You can download the latest LibX prototype at these locations:
> http://libx.org/releases/ff/libx2-20100716.xpi (Firefox)
> http://libx.org/releases/gc/libx2-20100716.crx (Chrome)
>  Please note that for Firefox, if you currently have a LibX edition
> installed, you should either 1) create a new profile for testing the
> prototype, or 2) uninstall the LibX edition before installing this
> prototype.
>  We hope that installation of your LibX edition is intuitive, but here's a
> brief overview of the installation procedure:
>  After downloading the LibX plugin for either Chrome or Firefox, you
> should see a button labeled LibX 2.0 appear to the right of the address bar;
> this is the LibX button that will replace the LibX toolbar.  There are two
> ways obtain a specific edition for your installation:
>  1. Manually find your edition: Click the LibX button to open a popup
> containing a search field.  Type the name of your library's edition, then
> select it from the autocompletion dropdown.  Make sure the information shown
> matches your edition, then click "Load this edition".
>  2. Automatically install your edition using autosensing: From the LibX
> Edition Builder, go to either your edition's download page (where you would
> normally download your edition-specific plugin), or your edition's test page
> (where you would test changes made from the edition builder).  Click the
> LibX button.  The edition should automatically be detected and loaded.
>  As this is only a prototype, a number of features (such as context menus
> and proxy support) have not yet been included.  However, everything that has
> been implemented so far should be robust.  Please let us know if there are
> any bugs or oddities--however minor they may be.  And, of course, we'd like
> to hear your feedback on the new design in general.
>  Thank you,
> Brian
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