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- Toby A Inkster
February 18, 2007, 11:26 am
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Re: W3-dev Search
Toby A Inkster wrote:
I actually think I might like this. If this is the successor to the
buzzword thing I remember trying out, oh, about a year ago, then it is a
king-size improvement. I think I could find this quite handy.
Do you manually restrict the domains to be used for the W3-dev Search
(meaning, do you hand-enter the individual domains to be included)?
Some hint as to the number of results might be good, rather than, say,
"Results 1 - 10 for styling" with no clue as to whether there are 13 or
130,000 total hits.
And/or: the line at the bottom that /does/ give the hint:
Result Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next
could be at the top somewhere, too. It's always bugged me that Google
doesn't do that.
Re: W3-dev Search
John Hosking wrote:
Unlikely. buzzword.org.uk has a few different website-development tools.
Some are more useful than others. Adding one new tool (W3-dev Search)
doesn't mean that any of the old tools disappear.
Yes -- indeed, in many cases choosing particular directories within
particular domains. For example, codestyle.org/css/ is included, but not
the rest of the domain.
Co-op is a pretty nifty service. You use Google's database, but restrict
it down to a subset of the web. You can create refinements to allow people
to narrow down their search. (Behind the scenes, refinements further
restrict the sites being searched and/or add extra terms to the search.)
Also, one of my favourite features is "subscribed links" -- this allows
you to place a special link and descriptive text, for a particular keyword
right at the top, above the refinement labels. So when someone searches
for, say, "U+2663", right at the top of the page, they'll see:
Black club suit [HTML numeric entities: ♣ or ♣]
Instant answer without having to click through (although the link is there
for further info). Much the same sort of idea as Google Calculator in that
it answers your question for you without having to go through to another
The site uses Google's Co-op Service to do the actual searching. This
means that the results pages just use Google's standard Co-op template
with my choice of colours and my logo in the corner.
If Google had a SOAP API or similar for it, I'd consider using that and
wrapping the results in my own template; but they don't, so I can't.
I assume that as Google doesn't do it for their main search, they're
unlikely to do so for the Co-op searches either.
Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
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