Unfortunately, Conkeror is not ready for what I wanted to use it for. The first is that by default, the open-url does not have history. In Firefox, I use history to be able to tab-complete to sites I’ve been to before; not being able to do this is very annoying. It seems like a pretty basic thing; every other browser has history enabled, so there is no excuse for Conkeror not having this feature.
Another issue is a slight stall when opening hints. In Firefox, I use the Vimperator plugin, which has a similar hints system to Conkeror. If you aren’t familiar with hints, you press the ‘f’ key and every link on the page is given a number which you can type to open that link. In Vimperator, the link opens as soon as you uniquely identify the link. However, in Conkeror, there is a noticeable delay between identifying the ling and the browser starting to load the page. This seems illogical; I’ve already said what I want to do, why make me wait?
While Conkeror isn’t usable for me at this point, it is a very interesting project. I plan on hacking on it a bit; maybe I’ll get it to the point where I can do all my web browsing and some of my editing in it, switching back to emacs for heavier-duty coding. Until then, I’ll stick with Vimperator.