Mozilla Adds Tagging Functionality to Firefox Add-ons
Article by George Norman
On 28 Jul 2009
The Mozilla Foundation has finally accomplished the goal it announced earlier this year: to implement tags for add-ons so that the task of classifying said add-ons would become significantly easier. Tagging the multitude of add-ons available for the Firefox browser would also make it easier for the end user to discover them.

“Any add-on in AMO can get tagged by users and developers alike. For those of you unfamiliar with tagging, it’s simply a way to add words or phrases that describe an add-on to help users find and understand the purpose of an add-on. So if you’re the kind of person who loves organization, go ahead and tag all the add-ons you love with words that you find useful,” explained the Add-ons team.
Add-on tags are displayed on the right hand side of all add-on listing pages. If you want to set up a new tag, Mozilla provides a simple UI (user interface) for you to use and complete your tasks. In setting up a new tag, besides regular characters, you can use spaces and symbols.

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When the user searches for an add-on, that user will be presented with a list of tags on the left hand side of the screen. Upon clicking on a particular tab, he will be presented with a list of add-ons with that particular tab.

“Tags are a great way to set keywords so your add-ons appear in searches for certain words or phrases,” added the Firefox Add-ons team. “Of course, individual developers have the final say on which tags go on their add-ons and they can delete any tags created by the community. We’ll continue to develop this feature based on user feedback and we hope to find new and interesting ways of using this tag data to help users and developers.”

You can visit the official Firefox Add-ons webpage by clicking here.



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