Monday, September 19, 2005

OpenSearch Description Format Embraces HTML Search Engines

Chasing down the announcement of the IE7 mash-up with OpenSearch (IEBlog : IE7 and OpenSearch: Behind the scenes) using the OpenSearch 1.1 format, it seems that the new spec allows developers to define an interface to an (X)HTML web search, as well as RSS search services.

For example, here's a snippet from the draft OpenSearch 1.1 spec:
<Url type="text/html"
<Param name="s" value="{searchTerms}"/>
<Param name="p" value="{startPage?}"/>
<Param name="c" value="{count?}"/>
<Param name="l" value="{language?}"/>

It'll be interesting to see whether the Firefox community embraces OpenSearch now. The last time I checked (a couple of months ago now, admittedly), I didn't come across any extensions that exploited the OpenSearch format (this was one I could see it being used), but things may have changed now... Time for a visit to the Moxilla ectensions site, methinks...

And how about Konfabulator? Are they gonna get in there too, I wonder?


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