Once upon a time there was (and still is ) Xmarks add-on, which did a good work of syncing bookmarks across browsers and devices in general.
As FF 57 approached, Xmarks new build, using WebExtensions, appeared extremely unstable; the last straw that made me to abandon Xmarks was their decision to stop supporting bookmarks tags. That means that after I sync bookmarks across two FF browsers via Xmarks, tags will disappear. Totally and for good.
When I asked why on Earth they eliminated extremely useful feature, the response was this:
“Currently it is not available because the new Firefox api doesn’t give us descriptions or tags. There currently is no way to get them in webextensions. We do have an internal bug ticket but due to the restrictions of the new Firefox API, there seems to be no way to implement this again.”
Questions 1: is it true? Does WebExtensions API not provide means to assign/read tag attribute of bookmarks?
That’s politely saying, very strange. Firefox built-in sync feature copies tags without problem, and browser is capable of narrowing lookup in bookmarks using tags. But the feature was (intentionally?) omitted from WebExtensions.
I understand that WebExtensions developers just don’t care about browser extensions becoming useless due to API changes. What I would like to know (question 2): if WebExtensions doesn’t support tags in bookmarks, are there plans for foreseeable future to re-enable this support?