Ever stared at that almost-black1 bar at the top of the page and thought "not awesome enough"?
Well, think no longer! Stack Exchange Topbar Tools is a userscript that contains an extensible framework for making that almost-black bar more awesome.
With this userscript installed, you can write plugins that
- Change the colour of the bar, and make it float at the top of the viewport or expand to the width of the screen
- Add links to the right side (between your badge counts and the search box), and change their colour
- Give those links (even the default ones) little bubbles like the ones on the left-side icons, to provide notifications of things that need doing
- lots of other cool stuff that will be implemented sometime in the future
The getting-started snippet (see end of post) provides plugin initialisation that
- behaves the same way (that is, working) no matter which order things are loaded in
- and won't blow up even if you don't load the underlying library at all!
It still won't work, though; it just won't blow up.
Some really old versions used the GPL v3, but a commenter made me realise that was not a great idea:
Just a suggestion, you could make the license MIT or BSD, which are also commercial-friendly. Thus, the code would be open source for everyone. After all, there's nothing wrong with an individual being able to make a profit, especially if it benefits the SE users.
Plugins maintained in the official repository:
- Basic Config
Buttons to toggle whether the bar is attached to the top of, and/or spans the full width of, the viewport.
- Float by Default
You want the thing to float? Enable this!
- Meta/Main+Chat Links
Exactly what it says on the tin. Apparently people liked those links.
- UTC Clock
StackExchange.options.serverTimeOffsetSec, so it's actually the official SE server time!
Fully tested in latest Firefox (26 at time of writing); should theoretically work on Chrome.
It's just me, @michaelb958. You can contact me by:
- Creating an issue on GitHub. This is the preferred mechanism for providing feedback or suggestions for the library.
- Commenting on or answering this post. Feedback or suggestions provided this way will be accepted.
- Pinging me on chat. For general conversation and stuff.
- Emailing me (email address available on my GitHub profile). For use in case of emergency.
Contribute on GitHub!
Really basic getting-started template for writing plugins (from the readme)
1 Yes, it's black, but it's actually 14% transparent black, which I consider not-black enough on most SE backgrounds.