Tuesday, January 03, 2006

One letter web shortcuts

I recently noticed that I get to the BBC news web site my typing n followed by down arrow and then Enter in Firefox. Firefox has learnt that n is essentially a shortcut for news.bbc.co.uk for me.


I then wondered what each of the 26 letters of the alphabet mapped to in my browser. Here's the complete list:

aAmazon.com
bConnecting Flights: Boutique Airlines
cCNN
ddigg
eWikipedia
ffreshmeat.net
gGNU Make Debugger
hHertz
iMy life as an investment banker
jJohn Graham-Cumming
kBest-Ever Freeware
lLe Monde
mMy Yahoo!
nBBC News
oEffective Emacs
pPOPFile: VersionTwentyThreeCleanup
qquepasa
rreddit: what's new online
sSlashdot
tThe Onion
uUPC Database Entry
vVirus Bulletin
wJapan current local time
xExchange Rates Graph (Euro, American Dollar)
yAn Intuitive Explanation of Bayesian Reasoning
zTime

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2 Comments:

Blogger Shawn Kielty said...

John,

Is there any intelligence in the selection of site for the character -- or is it just the first site in the history, which seems to be the Microsoft solution in IE?

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Billy said...

Shawn, based upon my playing with it, it seems to be the first site in the history, even on Firefox. I went to BBC and then hit the b {ctrl} down arrow key to program it and that worked on another window of Firefox.

Best of wishes,

Billy

4:01 PM  

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