Blog :: Greasemonkey
I have a big monitor. In fact I have two monitors attached to my primary computer, one 19" and one 17". I rationalize that this lets me keep both my editor and a console window open and visible at the same time, but you and I both know that its really so I can browse the web and watch movies at the same time. Unfortunately many websites are still using table based layouts with fixed widths. This means on a big monitor like mine a website might look like this:
Notice all the whitespace on the right? Only about 1/2 of my browser window actually contains the text that I want to read. What I'd really prefer (since I'm using tabbed browsing) is to see the "printable" version. No navigation or ads, and my whole screen is filled with the text I actually want to read.
So it's only one extra click to get to the printable version, but it breaks my flow for reading "article" style sites: go to the index page and open in tabs all the stories I wat to read. So this script automatically parses the url and navigates to the printable version of the same page when installed as a greasemonkey script. You have to read the greasemonkyey site to see how to do that, but short story is install greasemonkey in firefox, navigate to the script you want to install, and select "Install user script..." from the tools menu. Type "http://frontpagemag.com/*" to apply the script to pages at frontpagemag.com.