Thursday, November 10, 2005


Just a quick, quick post about something I'm doodling with - SearchLinks.

The basic idea is to be able to hover over a link and then perform a Google search using your own search terms over that domain.

The first rush is v ropey/brittle, but can be made to work if you're gentle with it. If you want to try it out, it's here at the moment...

In the roadmap is: 1) generalise the scripts to extract href info;2) improve usability; 3) Greasemonkey it; 4) get it on the Google Toolbar ;-)

PS I just stumbeled across this not totally dissimilar idea - page contextualised search from Yahoo, referred to as Y!Q Search


Blogger Tony Hirst said...

Note to self: The Google Toolbar already has a 'search this site' facilty, so an alternative approach is to follow a link and then search the site via the Google toolbar

10:46 AM  
Blogger Bill Scott said...

Thanks for the comment over on my blog

Interesting idea. Dustin Diaz has what he calls Sweet Titles which shows the underlying URL for a link in a lightweight style-able tooltip. You take it a little further...

This raises an interesting point. What is the normal, expected behavior for hover on a link? I can see that in some application space your search could be very useful. However, I am stuck with one action to take on a hover...

Let me comment on the general approach of facing the challenge of wanting more than one action on a hover.
Here are several approaches

Allow some toolbutton to set the mode for the cursor and its hover. Similar to graphics applications. This would only work in the most specialized type of applications

Allow the modifier keys (shift, etc.) to bring in this functionality on hover. But that would not be very discoverable. If the app is specialized then this would be a training issue

Allow the hover popup to have an expander to reveal more functionality. An example of this can be seen at Search for restaurants in an area. Click on a numbered icon. You will see two states for the popup. Non-expanded and Expanded. Imagine instead of a click this done with a hover or click in the popup.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

What I plan is to create a new link in the header for the advanced search page.
I need not shift the link from the footer.
Also is the advanced search link a special kind of link i.e. SEO link?
Can I find any documentation on SEO links used in Magento?

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6:12 AM  

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