Proposals for Incorporating Machine Learning in Mozilla Firefox

Friday June 18th, 2004

Blake Ross writes: "I will be doing research this summer at Stanford with Professor Andrew Ng about how we can incorporate machine learning into Firefox. We're looking for ideas that will make Firefox 2.0 blow every other browser out of the water. People who come up with the best 3-5 ideas win Gmail accounts, and if we implement your idea you'll be acknowledged in both our paper and in Firefox credits. Your idea will also be appreciated by the millions of people who use Firefox :-). We'll also entertain Thunderbird proposals."

#109 Noticing repeated sequences of user actions

by martinholmes

Friday June 25th, 2004 1:17 PM

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I have a proposal for something that would offer to create a kind of "macro" when it notices that the user has repeated a sequence of actions several times. For instance, if (to enter a particular location on a particular site) I need to hit a URL, click on a link, click on another link, then scroll down to find something, and I do that every day (perhaps unable to bookmark the end-location because it's a dynamic URL), the program would notice after three or four times. It would show me a list of the actions I've just taken, and offer to remember them in the form of a macro, perhaps linked from a bookmark or a toolbar button.

In another example: perhaps, when developing pages, I have a habit of popping up the JavaScript console, and hitting two validation links in the Developer toolbar to get HTML validated through W3C and Bobby, I would be offered the option to save this sequence of actions and run them automatically.

Obviously, this is something similar to an MS Office macro, but instead of my recording it myself (which I may well screw up, even if I know how to do it), the program would notice these repeated sequences and offer to do the job for me.

Cheers, Maritn Holmes (University of Victoria)