Ubiquity – Understanding Language

29 08 2008

When you’re on a website and you want to email the URL to a friend, why does it take so many steps? You need to copy the address, open Gmail, paste the address, add the name, and send. Alternatively, if I want to add a meeting to my calendar, I have to open Google Calendar, add an event etc.  Come on! We are in 2008, there has to be an easier way.

Ubiquity is the answer, its brand new from from Mozilla Labs. The technology uses open APIs to create a really easy-to-use command program. The shortcut keys are really amazing and very intuitive. It provides you with a set of commands, that when typed, activate certain actions that would have generally taken many more steps.

For example I could type “email this page to Steve” and my Gmail opens with a link in the body, and Steve’s email address in the to field.

Another example is, if I want to search for something or get directions to somewhere on Google Maps, you can type “map my home address to the location” and then email it by writing ” email this to Me.”

The best part is that you can easily customize the commands and shortcut keys to fit your needs.

So take a look at the movie below to better understand what I am rambling about.

Try it and let me know what you think.


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One response

29 10 2008

Well written article.

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