Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Updating Firefox's Live Bookmarks

If you're creating a new XML feed for your web site (which I'll explain in the new edition of my HTML book), you'll want to check that the new feed is working properly. You can go to the site in Firefox, click the orange RSS icon

Sites with an XML feed sport an orange RSS icon

to add the feed to your bookmarks toolbar:

Add the live bookmark to our Bookmarks Toolbar folder

Then test the Live Bookmark by choosing it from the Bookmarks Toolbar:

Test the Live Bookmark by choosing it

OK, so far so good. But once you change the XML feed, how do you get Firefox to update the bookmark? I found a rather complicated way to change Firefox's refresh rate, through the about:config page (and the "browser.bookmarks.livemark_refresh_seconds" preference, but it didn't seem to work very well.

The easiest way was hidden in the contextual menu: right-click the live bookmark and then choose Reload Live Bookmark

ReloadLiveBookmark

I'm the kind of person who forgets this as soon as I don't need it anymore (like when I've finished updating the XML feed). I post this here in the hope that I'll be able to quickly find this information the next time I am testing my XML feed... or for the next time you are testing your XML feed.

(Another option for updating live bookmarks is to quit Firefox and restart.)

1 comment:

Henrik Gemal said...

You can also use Reliby
http://gemal.dk/mozilla/reliby.html
to reload all Live Bookmarks

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