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Old 08-14-2009, 04:32 PM   #1
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Automatic browser page re-loading

Hi all,

Sorry if this question sounds daft,but is it possible to configure a browser so it periodically reloads just *one* particular page out of many on the bar (say once a minute) - and if there has been any update to said page it will beep you an alert to let you know without having to continually reload and check it manually?

Secondly, is there a feature in browsers that enables you to NOT have to keep re-reading the same stuff over again and only show fresh stuff? I'm talking here typically about newspaper comment sections that just get longer and more recursive with every passing minute - especially with hot topics.

Many thanks indeed.

Old 08-14-2009, 07:47 PM   #2
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The tab mix plus extension for Firefox, among others, gives you auto-reload ability.

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by your second question. If you don't want to re-read old stuff, then just don't read it. But if you really mean only having the browser refresh the parts of the page that have changed, then no, it's not possible with regular html pages. The documents need to be downloaded in full in order to be parsed.

But a big part of "Web 2.0" technology is using things like ajax, javascript, dhtml, etc., to create pages that can do that. The pages and the server that provides them have to be programmed for it though.
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In addition to what David said, about TabMixPlus, there's another extension that *just* does the reloading for you, if you don't have or want TabMixPlus; it's called "Reload Every" and allows you to reload one or more individual tabs, or all of them, at your specified interval.

It may or may not be available for *every* recent Firefox, but I think it's up to date; I was using it on FF 3.5.2 until I put TMP back on.



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