Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mozilla extension taps into typed commands (Computerworld)

Evidently some timely innovation-by-acquisition (at least hiring key people; it's unclear if Google paid for the Enso technology) on Google's part

An experimental extension to Mozilla Firefox lets people substitute simple text commands for complex Web tasks such as putting links to maps in e-mail messages.

On Tuesday, Mozilla Labs released its first version of Ubiquity, which is related to software called Enso that was developed at a small Chicago company called Humanized Inc. Mozilla hired three executives of Humanized in January, and Aza Raskin, the former president of that company, introduced Ubiquity 0.1 in a Mozilla Labs blog entry on Tuesday. Raskin is now head of user experience at Mozilla Labs.

I went to the apparently stale Humanized site to explore, and, in IE8 beta 2, saw the following under a "Humanized Lab" link section:

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /nfs/c01/h02/mnt/34814/domains/humanized.com/html/action_footer.pho on line 42

(The error also appears in Firefox 3.01, FWIW...)

Mozilla extension taps into typed commands

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