Whatever happened to the chromeless browser?

First there was Prism. Then Mozilla turned it into Chromeless. Which then was killed off.

When Mozilla killed Prism another developed forked it off and renamed the project WebRunner, but then it also died a few months later. I’d show you the link but they all report 404 when you visit the developer’s website.

Chrome doesn’t have Application Shortcuts anymore either, and they’re the ones who came up with the concept to start.

For now there is the the Standalone (which is buggy as hell) Firefox extension but it’s buggy as hell and it only really seems to work well on OSX. I tried using it on Windows 10 and it was basically useless.

All of this except for Standalone went down before 2011. It’s 2015 and the only options available that work well are for OSX, and commercial at that. There’s hope that WebRT will revive the concept since whatever lives on the web now has to compete with native apps for each mobile platform. They are their own form of single-site browser, but it all depends on the developer and obviously they’re tracking your every interaction with it. We need something that’s open and everyone can use to create the browsers they need.

Modificaciones simples pero efectivas

He estado usando estos hacks por un buen rato… desde Firebird 0.7. Quizá alguien les encuentre utilidad.

El primero es userChrome.css, localizado en ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile_dir>/chrome. Existe un archivo ya incluido llamado userChrome-example.css que puedes usar para comenzar modificaciones, que fue lo que yo hice. A este archivo le hice un solo cambio:

/* Hacer pestañas inactivas translúcidas */
#content tab:not([selected="true"]) { -moz-opacity: 0.5 !important; }

De ahí tenemos userContent.css, también localizado en ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile_dir>/chrome, que también cuenta con un archivo de ejemplo llamado — que mas — userContent-example.css. A este archivo le hice dos cambios:

/* Change cursor for links that open in new window */
:link[target="_blank"], :visited[target="_blank"],
:link[target="_new"], :visited[target="_new"] {
cursor: crosshair;
}

/* Change cursor for JavaScript links */
a[href^="javascript:"] {
cursor: move;
}

A lo largo del tiempo estas modificaciones se hicieron parte integra de mi experiencia diaria con Firefox. Originalmente las encontré en la pagina customizing Mozilla page. Si quieres probar otras modificaciones en la pagina adelante, pero debes saber que la pagina ya tiene mucho sin ser actualizada. Las que puse arriba funcionan con cualquier versión de Firefox y deberían funcionar con navegadores basados en Firefox como lo es Flock, pero no hago ninguna promesa.

Si al final si las quieres probar, solamente asegúrate de respaldar el directorio de tu perfil.

Simple but effective hacks

I’ve been using these hacks for a long time now… since Firebird 0.7. Thought someone might find good use for them.

The first one up is userChrome.css, located in ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile_dir>/chrome. There is a built-in file called userChrome-example.css which you can build on top of, which is what I’ve done. To this file I only made a single change:

/* Make inactive tabs partially transparent */
#content tab:not([selected="true"]) { -moz-opacity: 0.5 !important; }

Then we’ve got userContent.css, also located in ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile_dir>/chrome, which also comes with an example files called — what else — userContent-example.css. To this file I made some more changes:

/* Change cursor for links that open in new window */
:link[target="_blank"], :visited[target="_blank"],
:link[target="_new"], :visited[target="_new"] {
cursor: crosshair;
}

/* Change cursor for JavaScript links */
a[href^="javascript:"] {
cursor: move;
}

Over time these modifications have become an integral part of my daily Firefox experience. I originally found them in the customizing Mozilla page. If you want to try some of the hacks there you’re obviously welcome to try them, but be aware the page is now extremely outdated. The ones above do work with all versions of Firefox and should work with Firefox-based browsers like Flock, but I’m not making any promises.

If you do want to try them out, just make sure to backup your profile folder.