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."

#113 Machine Learning suggestions...

by faraz

Wednesday July 7th, 2004 8:35 PM

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The first obvious thing, probably mentioned earlier, is pre-fetching of additional pages in an article or any site that requires one to go through a few pages. This can be expanded such that perhaps the remaining pages can open in background tabs; this can be configured. Also, it would be nice if my browser can automatically bookmark some pages for me...if it finds that I visit a certain page often, I can have a "frequently visited" bookmark folder show up. Also, there's one thing that has peeved me in almost every browser though it's not really related to machine-learning... bookmarks in webpages with frames. Often, you would bookmark a page after you've navigated a bit through a frames-based site, and you realize later that you've actually just bookmarked the front page of the frames site, and not the actual page you want, since the URL in the address bar doesn't change. It would nice to see this fixed. However, as a general suggestion, I believe one of the best things about Firefox right now is its simplicity. If implementing these suggestions will bloat my browser, I'd prefer to not have them. In the end, the browser should be configurable as much as possible...and there are some things best left to humans.