Tuesday, January 03, 2006

One letter web shortcuts

I recently noticed that I get to the BBC news web site my typing n followed by down arrow and then Enter in Firefox. Firefox has learnt that n is essentially a shortcut for news.bbc.co.uk for me.


I then wondered what each of the 26 letters of the alphabet mapped to in my browser. Here's the complete list:

aAmazon.com
bConnecting Flights: Boutique Airlines
cCNN
ddigg
eWikipedia
ffreshmeat.net
gGNU Make Debugger
hHertz
iMy life as an investment banker
jJohn Graham-Cumming
kBest-Ever Freeware
lLe Monde
mMy Yahoo!
nBBC News
oEffective Emacs
pPOPFile: VersionTwentyThreeCleanup
qquepasa
rreddit: what's new online
sSlashdot
tThe Onion
uUPC Database Entry
vVirus Bulletin
wJapan current local time
xExchange Rates Graph (Euro, American Dollar)
yAn Intuitive Explanation of Bayesian Reasoning
zTime

2 comments:

Shawn Kielty said...

John,

Is there any intelligence in the selection of site for the character -- or is it just the first site in the history, which seems to be the Microsoft solution in IE?

Billy said...

Shawn, based upon my playing with it, it seems to be the first site in the history, even on Firefox. I went to BBC and then hit the b {ctrl} down arrow key to program it and that worked on another window of Firefox.

Best of wishes,

Billy