. . . talking with the (mozilla) dragon
One of the goals was to get information about the user's operations. For instance, if the user sends or replies to an email, Dragontalk sends a SendEmail or a ReplyToEmail event to some TCP port on localhost where an XMLRPC listener can catch it. For the browser plugin, notifications are sent when browsing the web. In concert with other programs that implement the listener part, we use this to elicit the user's context - see the User Context project. Of course the user can disable the plugins at any time.
Apart from these event notification plugins, there are Thunderbird plugins that provide other functionality such as mail classification and quick opening of folders using autocompletion.
- WebReview extension for Firefox - find visited sites in your history faster and easier
- DragonTalkFx - a full rewrite from scratch of the User observation extension which is now compatible with Firefox 3.6+.
- Event notification - sent information about user actions to an external application
- DragonTalk QuickOpen extension for Thunderbird - open folders with autocomplete functionality
The following extensions are experimental prototypes. Most of them require additional, external services. Sometimes these external services are project-internal and closed-source. Probably, they are mostly useful for research colleagues and not for end-users!
- Mail classification for Thunderbird - helps moving mails to their appropriate folder using an external classification engine
- Tagging extension for Thunderbird - used with NEPOMUK and previously gnowsis.
- gnowsis plugin for TB and FF providing a bunch of features (link/browse resource, open mail by id, etc.) for use with gnowsis.
- DeveloperDocumentation - how to debug plugins using Venkman
We use the usercontext mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss dragontalk issues, too. You can subscribe and unsubscribe here: http://lists.opendfki.de/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/usercontext
... can be checked out using SVN: