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Tab-Link Highlighter Tab-Link Highlighter

Highlights a link in a Google/GoogleScholar/Amazon/Youtube search if it is already open in another tab

Rating: 4.33 (6)
Users: 209 +1
Version: 1.1.0 (Last updated: 2014-07-14)
Size: 40.57K
Price: Free
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TLH allows for a more enjoyable browsing experience, notifying you by highlighting links if that link is already open in another tab. TLH creates a more productive environment, allowing you to not open the same page multiple times (unless you really want to). 

FEATURES:

-Highlights links to tabs already open in the following search pages:
Google, Google Scholar, Amazon, and Youtube

-Options page to change highlight color, whether to change the link color, and debugging.


BUGS:

-Does not handle redirects very well. This can be seen when a link is clicked, highlighted, and then unhighlighted. Not sure how to handle or fix this at this time.

If you find a bug related not related to any listed above, please let me know by leaving user feedback.


PERMISSIONS:

-Accessing data on scholar.google.com and www.google.com are used to view and compare the search result links on a Google, Google Scholar, or Amazon search. This is also used to highlight the matched links.

-Accessing your tabs and browsing activity is only used to view the urls of your tabs that are open currently for comparison.


HOW IT WORKS:

This extension only runs when you are doing a google search or a google scholar search. After it starts, it first reads the urls of all currently open tabs, and trims off anything after a '#'. Then it reads all of the search results urls, trimming accordingly. If any of these are exactly the same, it highlights thats result. This runs constantly every half a second, making it dynamic, so if you control-click a link to open it in a new tab, it will highlight that link if it ends up matching the rules.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

After installing, restart your browser for best results. (A simple refresh of the search page should work too.)


VERSION CHANGES:

1.1.0
Removed the class r option of h3 tags and added it so it looked for div > h3 > a tags. This is compatible with with all the searches now available. Added compatibility with Amazon and Youtube Searches. Removed getting rid of everything after a ? mark was removed due to that being a feature in most sites as a search. This also allowed for Youtube to be added to the list of compatibility. Basically any site that has a search items in the div > h3 > a form will more than likely be compatible. Looking into allowing for enabling and disabling certain sites by the user.

1.0.2
Added debug option to turn on/off console logging. Added style to options page. Made to where only h3 tags with a class of r are selected, and then the a tag below that for comparison.


1.0.1
Added Google Scholar compatability. Changed to remove anything after a '?' found in URLs. 

1.0
Initial Release


TODO:

-allow users the option to decide which sites can/cannot work with this extension
-allow users to decide which tags get highlighted
-previous idea could evolve into allowing users to select which tags for specific sites, allowing for new sites to be added also by user
-create new icon and promo screen shots (has yet to be done right)
-Perhaps change the algorithm so that it looks for a change or update in the DOM so it isn't running every half a second.
-Change so that it is only scanning the page on an active tab (and only if the tab's base url is part of the approved list) 

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