Firefox 2 Live Titles

I’m sure most Firefox users are familiar with Live Bookmarks by now — bookmarks that point to RSS feeds, and update themselves as the feed is updated. Firefox 2 has now introduced Live Titles — page titles that also update themselves. If you’re using Firefox 2 and you want to see an example, go to woot.com and bookmark it. Rather than the typical name text field, you’ll see a combo box that lets you enter a static title, or choose one of woot’s two Live Titles, which is a brief description of the item currently being sold. Makes perfect sense for both woot and woot fans.

Live Titles are actually "microsummaries" which are easily implemented using a link tag with a rel value of "microsummary". For more information, check out this page on the Mozilla wiki. You can also find a list of microsummary-enabled sites here. And finally, check out the Firefox 2 Release Notes for more information on what’s new in Firefox 2.

2 Responses to Firefox 2 Live Titles

  1. usefulvideo says:

    Sadly, few sites offer live titles. However, with a little bit of code, you can create your own for any site that you visit. A repository of such code is at userstyles.org.For users looking for more understanding of live titles in general, I created a short video here.

  2. anon says:

    I’m quite versed with FF2 functions, however I was not aware of live titles. I cannot get it to work – could you provide a more detailed process to get live titles to work?