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DeviantART - Keywords by Lucanos DeviantART - Keywords by Lucanos
He had NFA about the TWAs, so we told him to RTFM otherwise it would have been FUBAR'dTM

Mozilla Firefox has an inbuild function called "Keywords", which allows the quick translation of a test string entered into the location bar so that it can be passed through a URL (or JavaScript command) for further use.

An example would be Google - in Firefox, type "google deviantart" and you will be sent to the result page for a search for "deviantart".

This short tutorial will explain how to use this function to improve your dA Experience.

How To Make Your Own Keyword Links
  1. Click on "Bookmarks"
  2. Click on "Manage Bookmarks"
  3. Select the Bookmark Folder to store these keyword links in.
    (Personally I use the existing "Quick Searches" folder, but you can use any folder).
  4. Click the "New Bookmark..." button.
  5. Fill out the fields like this:
    • Name:
      - Whatever you want the name of the link to be (Only visible in the bookmark lists).
    • Location:
      - The URL you want to go to. Substitute the section of the url you want to enter via the location bar (ie in the earlier example the "deviantart" keyword), with "%s"
    • Keyword:
      - The Keyword you want to use to invoke this bookmark. Must be unique.
    • Description:
      - A description of what this bookmark is, and how it works. Useful to phrase like "Type 'keywork <string>' to .....".
  6. Save

deviantART-specific Keywork Bookmarks
  • DeviantART - General Page
    Takes you to "john"'s main page when "da john" is typed.
    Keyword: "da"
    Location: "[link]"
  • DeviantART - Gallery
    Takes you to "john"'s gallery when "dag john" is typed.
    Keyword: "dag"
    Location: "[link]"
  • DeviantART - Favourites
    Takes you to "john"'s favourites when "daf john" is typed.
    Keyword: "daf"
    Location: "[link]"
  • DeviantART - Journal
    Takes you to "john"'s journal when "daj john" is typed.
    Keyword: "daj"
    Location: "[link]"
  • DeviantART Note
    Takes you to the Note page ready to send a note to "john" when "dan john" is typed.
    Keyword: "dan"
    Location: "[link]
  • DeviantART Deviation - Full View
    Takes you to the Full-View page of deviation number "1234567" when "dad 1234567" is typed.
    Keyword: "dad"
    Location: "[link]
  • DeviantART Deviation - Preview
    Takes you to the Preview page of deviation number "1234567" when "dap 1234567" is typed.
    Keyword: "dap"
    Location: "[link]
  • DeviantART Search
    Performs a search of DeviantART looking for "self-portrait" when "das self-portrait" is typed.
    Keyword: "das"
    Location: "[link]

NOTE: The above links are NOT valid, they are simply provided to allow you to copy-paste the locations into the Bookmark Manager dialog.
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Tifa22 Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, awesome! Thanks a lot for sharing :D

Could you tell me how I can add a subject in notes though (in the link)? That would be great :)
Lucanos Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Unfortunately, as far as I am aware, Firefox Keywords, such as those used here, are only able to have a single parameter passed to them. So, trying to set a second value, such as the subject, based on what you type into the location bar would not be possible.
It may be possible to hack together something using Javascript to parse the parameters you do send it, or to create a number of copies of the same keyword, but with different present subjects, but I am not sure if that is what you are looking for.
Tifa22 Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay ^^;

Thanks anyway :)
ArtBIT Apr 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tips :nod:
Thanks for sharing :)
Grayda Feb 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
Damn straight! This is awesome stuff! Firefox has concreted itself as the last browser I'll ever need ;D

Thanks for the great advice, and keep up the awesome work ;D
BoffinbraiN Dec 17, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome tutorial. Can't believe I wasn't doing this already. :lol:
Lucanos Dec 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
It certainly does make life a whole lot easier, doesn't it?
Happy to hear you find it useful.
chrisbouchard Jan 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant, I never knew it was possible!
Lucanos Jan 27, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Neko,

Thanks for the comment. It's a feature which is documented, to a degree, but not too many people take advantage of.
I'm sure you'll have keywords doing everything under the sun by the week's end!
Golanlan Jan 27, 2006   Traditional Artist
Groovy tutorial :)
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