URN:NBN Resolving Plugin for Mozilla (from Version 1.5 onwards), Netscape 7.1, Firefox 0.8

1. Introduction
2. Installation
3. Download
4. De-installation
5. Support
6. Copyright
7. ChangeLog

1. Introduction

At present URNs administered by the German National Library are resolved from within their URLs, so that the "Resolver URL" is given together with the URN, for example http://nbn-resolving.de/urn/resolver.pl?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:089-3321752945. The application and use of URNs will be simplified, if the URN resolution happens without the "Resolver URL" (http://nbn-resolving.de/urn/resolver.pl?urn=...):

The EPICUR project developed a Plugin for the Mozilla browser (version 1.5 onwards), which Netscape 7.1 and Firefox 0.8 provided a direct resolution of URNs with the "NBN" namespace.


Screenshot 1: URN in Mozilla's input line


Screenshot 2: URN as web link (<a href="urn:nbn:de:gbv:089-3321752945"/>)

The URN Support Plugin developed by Shimoda Hiroshi of Japan was used as a model.

2. Installation

Step 1: Do you have a Mozilla, Netscape or Firefox browser installed?

To successfully install the plugin, you must have version 1.5 or later of the Mozilla, Netscape or Firefox browser.

If you do not have the above mentioned browser, you can download and install it from following locations:

If you are already using the Mozilla, Netscape or Firefox browser, continue to the next step.

Step 2: Installing the URN:NBN Resolving Plugin.

You can now enter URNs from the NBN namespace directly in browser's address line or follow links on a website directly from a URL.

Examples: urn:nbn:de:gbv:089-3321752945
urn:nbn:ch:slb-0013509610
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-3475
Note: These examples work only after the plugin has been successfully installed in the browser.

3. Download

urn-nbn-support-0.2.0.xpi   (MD5 checksum: 98113c3d62d80bb645aac7247367b7c0)

4. De-installation

De-installation under GNU Linux/UNIX

Step 1: Close the browser.
Step 2: Go in your home directory to the .[browser] subdirectory. Remove the following files from the chrome directory: chrome.rdf, urn_nbn_support.jar and the subdirectory overlayinfo.

De-installation under Windows

Step 1: Close the browser.
Step 2: Go to the directory where the browser is installed (the default location for Mozilla Browser is e.g.: C:\Programme\mozilla.org\Mozilla\chrome). Remove the following files: chrome.rdf, urn_nbn_support.jar and the subdirectory overlayinfo.

The browser can then be re-started.

5. Support

If you have questions to the installation or de-installation of this plugin or if you would like to make suggestions about its further development, please contact the project members.

6. Copyright

The URN:NBN Resolving Plugin is under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and is based on Shimoda Hiroshi's original URN Support plug-in.

7. ChangeLog

2003-12-10 delete unused source code, Version 0.2.0
2003-12-09 Initial Release
add resolving for "urn:nbn", Version 0.1.0


02.01.2008