Settings:~/config/settings/WebPositive/ - Configuration files, cookies, cache and browsing history
~/config/settings/WebPositive/Bookmarks - All bookmarks as single files

WebPositive, or Web+ for short, is Haiku's native web browser. One part of its name is a tip of the hat to BeOS' simple NetPositive, the other points to its modern foundation: the WebKit. This open source HTML rendering library is at the heart of other mainstream browsers as well, like Safari of Mac OS X and Google's Chrome. By using the ever evolving WebKit, Web+ will be able to keep up with new web technologies.


WebPositive's interface is pretty straight forward: Under a menu bar is another bar with buttons to navigate to the previous and next sites in your browsing history, to stop the loading of a page and (optionally) a button to jump to your starting page.
Then comes the locator field to enter a site's URL.
Below this navigating bar appear the webpages. You can open many pages in parallel by loading them into their own tab.
At the bottom of the window is a status bar, showing the URL of the site being loaded or of the link the mouse pointer is hovering over. While a page is being loaded, a progress bar appears to the right.


From the Window menu you can open a Settings panel to configure a few essentials of WebPositive.


The first tab deals with general settings: What file or URL serves as a Start page, what's used as a Search page, what Download folder is used for stuff you get from the net.
Two pop-up menus let you decide what page to load - if any - when opening a new window or tab.
Via the following checkboxes you can avoid showing the tab bar when there's only one page open anyway. WebPositive's interface can be told to automatically hide in full screen mode, and the mouse pointer can be automatically hidden whenever it's not moved for a while.
Finally, you can decide to include the "Home" button in the navigation bar and set the number of days the browser remembers the sites you have visited in its history.

In the second tab you can choose the fonts used for standard, serif, non-serif and monospaced fonts and set their default sizes.

The last tab is used to configure a proxy server.


If you have used any browser before, WebPositive shouldn't provide too many surprises. Instead of going through every menu item and feature, let's have a look at just a few points.


WebPositive's bookmarks are managed as files and folders in ~/config/settings/WebPositive/Bookmarks/. Adding a bookmark will create a new file there. You can quickly open the folder with Manage Bookmarks....


You can change a bookmark's URL, name, title and enter keywords just like with any other file with attributes. Just make sure you have all their columns displayed via Tracker's Attributes menu, then select a file, press ALT E and start editing the attribute; change attribute columns with TAB.
You can sort bookmarks into different folders you create yourself.

By using Tracker to manage and navigate bookmarks you can lift its unique features to quickly find what you're looking for.
Activating Type-ahead filtering in Tracker's preferences, you can instantly trim down your list of bookmarks to matches of your filter-string. A few more or to move the selection and pressing ENTER opens the site. Make sure to display all attribute columns to have the filter applied to name, title, URL and keywords.

For this to work, all bookmarks should be kept in the ~/config/settings/WebPositive/Bookmarks/ folder and only copies should be sorted into custom subfolders for usage in WebPositive's Bookmarks menu (if at all). Also, actually filling the keywords attribute helps...


Window | Downloads opens a window listing all past and ongoing downloads:


Currently downloading files are shown with a growing progress bar and, similar to copying files in Tracker, information on the download speed, file size and expected finishing time. Buttons to the right let you Cancel and Restart a download, or Open the file, or Remove its entry from the list. The Remove missing and Remove finished buttons at the bottom do this for all entries in this list. "Missing" are files that were deleted in the meantime.

Moving a file that is currently being downloaded to Trash will stop the download. You'll also notice, that its icon becomes "ghosted".
Generally, WebPositive is very tolerant when it comes to managing files with Tracker. Files can be renamed or moved even while they are being downloaded and even after the download is finished, these changes are reflected in the Downloads window.

Ever wondered from what site you downloaded a particular package, image or any other file? You can track that down by opening the file with DiskProbe and have a look at its META:url attribute.

Want to have the URL permanently shown in your downloads folder? Just copy a bookmark into it, have the bookmark's URL attribute column displayed and remove the bookmark again.

indexKeyboard shortcuts

Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts:

ALT TOpens a new tab.
ALT W Closes the current tab.
ALT N Opens a new window.
SHIFT ALT W Closes the current window.
ALT ENTER Toggles full screen mode.
ALT R or F5 Refreshes the current page.
ALT H Opens the home page.
ALT D Shows/hides the Downloads window.
ALT F Shows the find bar for in-page searching (hide with ESC).
ALT B Bookmarks the current page.
ALT M Manage bookmarks, opening the Bookmarks folder.
ALT Previous page in the history.
ALT Next page in the history.