Sunday, September 22, 2019
Monday, September 2, 2019
Here's a trivial example. Go to any Github wiki page, like, I dunno, the one for TenFourFox's AppleScript support. If there's a link there for more wiki entries, go ahead and click on it. It doesn't work (because of issue 521). Let's fix that!
You can either cut and paste the below examples directly into Script Editor and click the Run button to run them, or you can cut and paste them into a text file and run them from the command line with osascript filename, or you can be a totally lazy git and just download them from SourceForge. Unzip them and double click the file to open them in Script Editor.
In the below examples, change TenFourFoxWhatever to the name of your TenFourFox executable (TenFourFoxG5, etc.). Every line highlighted in the same colour is a continuous line. Don't forget the double quotes!
Here's the script for Github's wiki.
Now, have the current tab on any Github wiki page. Run the script. Poof! More links! (If you run it on a page that isn't Github, it will give you an error box.)
Most of you didn't care about that. Some of you use your Power Macs for extremely serious business like YouTube videos. I ain't judging. Let me help you get rid of the crap, starting with Weird Al's anthem to alumin(i)um foil.
With comments in the five figures from every egoist fruitbat on the interwebs with an opinion on Weird Al, that's gonna take your poor Power Mac a while to process. Plus all those suggested videos! Let's make those go away!
This script not only makes those areas invisible, it even nukes their internal contents. This persists from video to video unless you reload the page.
As an interesting side effect, you'll notice that the video area scaled to meet the new width of the browser, but the actual video didn't. I consider this a feature rather than a bug because the browser isn't trying to enable a higher-resolution stream or scale up the video for display, so the video "just plays better." Just make sure you keep the mouse pointer out of this larger area or the browser will now have to composite the playback controls.
You can add things to a page, too, instead of just taking things away. Issue 533 has been one of our long-playing issues which has been a particular challenge because it requires a large parser update to fix. Fortunately, Webpack has been moving away from uglify and as sites upgrade their support (Citibank recently did so), this problem should start disappearing. Unfortunately UPS doesn't upgrade as diligently, so right now you can't track packages with TenFourFox from the web interface; you just get this:
Let's fix it! This script is a little longer, so you will need to download it. Here are the major guts though:
A bit of snooping on UPS's site from the Network tab in Firefox 69 on my Talos II shows that it uses an internal JSON API. We can inject script to complete the request that TenFourFox can't yet make. Best of all, it will look to UPS like it's coming from inside
the house the browser ... because it is. Even the cookies are passed. When we get the JSON response back, we can process that and display it:
So we just hit Run on the script, and ...
... my package arrives tomorrow.
For adding functionality, though, this requires looking at what Firefox does on a later system. On my Talos II I had the Network tab in the Inspector open and ran a query for the tracking number and was able to see what came back, and then compared it with what TenFourFox was doing to find what was missing. I then simulated the missing request. This took about 15 minutes to do, granted given that I understood what was going on, but the script will still give you a template for how to do these kinds of specialized requests. (Be careful, though, about importing data from iffy sites that could be hacked or violating the same-origin policy. The script bridge has special privileges and assumes you know what you're doing.) Or, if you need more fields than the UPS script is providing, just look at the request the AppleScript sends and study the JSON object the response passes back, then add the missing fields you want to the block above. Tinker with the formatting. Sex it up a bit. It's your browser!
One last note. You will have noticed the scripts in the screen shot (and the ones you download) look a little different. That's because they use a little magic to figure out what TenFourFox you're actually running. It looks like this:
No, I'm not interested in porting this to mainline Firefox, but the source code is in our tree if someone else wants to. At least until Apple decides that all other scripting languages than the One True Swift Language, even AppleScript, must die.