Firefox Extension Idea – Automatic Print Page Redirect

Many MSM sites have printable versions of their articles. For example the NYTimes has two versions of the same URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01/washington/01foley.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

and

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01/washington/01foley.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print

The second link is the print version.

Someone should write a Firefox extension to detect URLs as they’re loaded and rewrite them to the print version of the URL.

Granted this might upset some publishers who want the pageviews to sellads. This probably won’t be as big of a deal though since so few people would end up installing the extension. I guess this goes back to the ad blocking debate but that ship has already sailed.



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