Suggestion to Firefox Team: Add Copy Link As HTML

I make frequent use of links in my posts. The most common way I do this is to:

  • Type in the HTML skeleton:
    <a href=""></a>
  • Get the target link location, usually either by
    • Opening up the target page and using Copy to get the URL, or
    • Finding a page containing the target URL, putting my mouse over it, then right-clicking the mouse and selecting the browser-supplied option, Copy Link Location.
  • Pasting the target between the quotes in the HTML skeleton.
  • Copying the target name into the skeleton, thus completing the link.

My life, as well as the lives of the other folks out there who actually write in HTML, could be made much easier if the browser team, which in my case would be Firefox, as that is the only browser I use, would add an option Copy Link Location As Link. [1]

Code Firefox developers, code.




1. I guess only a small fraction of web writers actually do so in HTML. This is a shame, as the simplicity of HTML is perhaps the key factor in the growth of the web.

Why use monstrous IDE’s, tool bars, and such, when you can get the job done just by typing?

For example, I expect most WordPress users use the default button-based approach. I use the direct approach — “code” — in which I just type the HTML.


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