WebchunksI am glad again to report that Greasemonkey and my extension Webchunks allow to enable Webslices on all your eBay searches, not only the ones resulting from http://ie8.ebay.com ! A very simple Greasemonkey script will detect eBay search results pages, tweak them a little bit to add what's needed to turn each result entry into a webslice and that's magic, my Webchunks extension will do the rest. All you have to do is the following :

  1. install Webchunks v0.11 (Firefox >=3 required). Changelog from V0.1 is the following:
    1. simpler code to handle the floating icon
    2. bug fixed when an in-page webslice has no expiration, the busy throbber was never disappearing
    3. z-index of the floating icon added
  2. install Greasemonkey (what a superb extension, really...) if you don't already have it
  3. install webchunks.user.js as a greasemonkey script
  4. make a normal search in eBay.com or eBay.fr and enjoy :-)
Known issues:
  • eBay webslice feeds are in english, and in US$ ; there's a country parameter but I could not make it affect the feed's contents and I did not find a language parameter
  • if you resize the browser's window while the webslice floating icon is shown, it won't stick to the originating element if that one moves. I need to implement an onresize listener for that, it's only a minor issue.

Overall, it's an impressive result ! If IE8 currently needs a specific search page, a specific template on eBay for the results, Firefox needs nothing but the webslice feeds and is already able to deal with the normal search results page millions of people use everyday. I suspect the stats of webslice feeds on eBay coming from Firefox could rapidly be much higher than the ones originating from MSIE8... Wow.

Update: ebay.de, ebay.co.uk, ebay.in added to the script