Auto-refresh is driving me nuts. I first tried RefreshBlocker, but that only works on META tags and is ineffective against pages that auto-refresh using Java. I also tried NoScript, but that’s a gigantic PITA, since about 99% of web pages use some kind of Java, it appears, and kind of killing a gnat with a bazooka, since really all I want is to stop the damn Washington Post from reloading itself in the background (I could just close that tab when I’m not actively reading it, but I like to go back and manually refresh every so often, and darn it all, it’s my browser and I should be able to use it the way I want). What I really want is something like NoScript that functions as a blacklist rather than having to whitelist every site that I want to allow. Is there such an extension, a Greasemonkey script, anything?
If you don’t want Java, tell Firefox not to load the Java plugin.
I don’t want to disable Java altogether. Like I said in the OP, a great number of sites need it in order to display properly, and I’m fine with in in the majority of cases, I just want to be able to disable it for specific sites.
Fortunately, a friend just clued me in to YesScript, which is exactly what I was looking for.
which adds META refresh tags to the source, perhaps after RefreshBlocker tries to strip them out. I think it should work to add this URL to an AdBlockPlus filter, but I haven’t tried this.
Ah, yes, but how much true Java is run in a browser?
Those folks also think they have a DSL modem. All courtesy of marketing departments.
The essence of good tech support is to understand the question the person would really ask if they knew enough to ask it correctly, and then answer that one whlie translating the results back to their level of expertise.
Thank you, LSLGuy. Not being any kind of programmer, I’d had no occasion to learn that despite the similarities between the two names the terms do not refer to the same thing. My ignorance is hardly an excuse to be snotty, and I appreciate those who understood what I was actually asking and answered my question.