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GBM Shortcut: Firefox optimized for a small touchscreen

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While Warner focuses on the OOBE and non-geek perspective on the TEGA v2, I’m going full geek with mine. In this shortcut, I demonstrate what I’ve done with Firefox to make it better suited for a small touchscreen device.

Hard truth: Windows 7 simply wasn’t intended for touch input or small screens. It was designed for desktops and laptops with ample screen space and it shows. For handheld touchscreen tablets, a decent user experience takes more than a little tweaking. I’m doing just that with Firefox to make it small-touch-friendly using a combination of add-ons/extensions, as well as the native gestures in Windows 7 and the convenient Show Desktop button on the TEGA v2. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

Firefox add-ons featured include:

This is hardly an exhaustive list of all add-ons that can help make Firefox a better small-screen touch browser, just what I’ve applied over the weekend. Please add your own suggestions in the comments. Double fake bonus points* to anyone who can point me to an add-on that can read two-finger touch gestures.

*Fake bonus points are twice as valuable as real bonus points. In fact, multiply it by whatever value you want and it’s still just as valuable.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

5 Comments

  1. Djbois

    10/20/2010 at 3:52 pm

    add-ons:

    Theme Font Size Changer

    Other things:

    Download the Oragmi Experience pack 2 and use it to just make the Scroll bars and title bar larger
    Change the toolbar to large icons

  2. Anonymous

    10/20/2010 at 3:56 pm

    Where is the vid?

    • Anonymous

      10/20/2010 at 4:04 pm

      It’s there but only in Flash format. Unfortunately, I screwed up on the distribution selection, so it’s not on YouTube yet. I’ll swap in the YouTube version when it’s ready.

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