Version 0.37 of ABBREX was released today for both Firefox and Chrome. Here's what's new:
- New feature: A new menu item called "Assign Tags to Domain" on the ABBREX main menu (details below)
- New feature: Two new buttons called "Copy Tags From / To Domain" on the "Add Abbreviation" dialog (details below)
- Small user interface changes
- Bug fixes
New Feature: Assign Tags to Domain
A new menu item called "Assign Tags to Domain" was added to the ABBREX main menu in this version.
In the past, ABBREX had only two kinds of abbreviations: generic and domain-specific.
Meanings for generic abbreviations were shown (expanded) when you visited any web page with ABBREX
while meanings for domain-specific abbreviations were shown (expanded) only when you were
visiting a web page within that domain.
This was mostly fine but it led to many of the same abbreviation meanings having to be re-entered for multiple domains
(for example law acronyms which are not universal acronyms but valid for almost all law websites).
While ABBREX provided a button to add a domain-specific abbreviation meaning to another domain with a
single click, a better way of dealing with non-generic but common-to-many-domains abbreviation meanings
was clearly needed.
So with this version, ABBREX introduces the concept of domain tags. Through a new menu item on the
ABBREX main menu ("Assign Tags to Domain"), you will be able "assign" tags to the domain you are
currently visiting (an autocompleter will help you of course). When you assign tags to a domain
and you visit a web page on that domain with ABBREX, you will see abbreviation meanings expanded for:
- All generic abbreviation meanings
- All abbreviation meanings specific to that domain
- All domain-specific abbreviation meanings (regardless of domain) with tags assigned to that domain.
What this means is if you want law acronyms to be expanded on a law website for example, you don't have to
add all law-related acronyms to that domain one by one anymore. All you need to do is assign some tags to the
domain of that law website and all abbreviation meanings with those tags (regardless of domain) will automatically
be expanded when you visit that website.
New Feature: Copy Tags From / To Domain
Two new buttons called "Copy Tags From / To Domain" were added to the "Add Abbreviation" dialog in this version.
To make the domain tags feature mentioned above even more convenient, there are now two new buttons for the
existing abbreviation meanings on the "Add Abbreviation" dialog. As you may already know, when you try to enter
a new abbreviation meaning, ABBREX checks to see whether there are any other existing domain-specific abbreviation
meanings for that abbreviation and shows you those along with some helpful quick-action buttons that let you
add those meanings (with or without change) to the domain you are on with one click.
The newly-added two buttons help with transferring tags from/to the abbreviation meaning from/to the domain
you are on. "Copy Tags From Domain" copies all tags associated with the domain you are on to that specific
abbreviation meaning. "Copy Tags To Domain" adds all the tags of the abbreviation meaning to the domain you are on.
The net effect is that abbreviation meaning will now be seen (expanded) when you visit the domain you are on
(you may need to refresh the page). These two buttons let you assign existing tags to domains / abbreviation meanings
with only one click! You are still free to add / update tags of specific domains and abbreviation meanings manually of course.
Small User Interface Changes
In this version, we added a small icon next to each abbrevation meaning that takes you to the Wikipedia article
(Google's best guess) for that abbreviation meaning with just one click. This should come in handy when you want to learn
a little more about the abbreviation meaning in question.
Also there is now a link on the abbreviation tooltips that lets you share ABBREX on Facebook.
Remember that the more people use ABBREX, the more useful it becomes. So please spread the word!
There were also bug fixes in this update. We hope that you find this update makes
your ABBREX experience more enjoyable.
Please let us know what you think and thanks for using ABBREX!