Integration in Firefox Search Bar 
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: Julian Buss275 16 Jun 2008
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The day-to-day usability of LinkJam will depend on a tight browser integration. Users expect to have their bookmarks in the bookmark menu, not on some other website.
Since I think there is no way to archive integration in the browser's bookmark menu, we need another way of tight integration: what about the browser's search bar?
 
At least Firefox has a search box directly beside the URL field. You can add search engines of your own to the searchbox.
 
So I suggest to provide a way how a user can add the LinkJam site to the searchbox. Then the following should happen:
 
- the user enters a search phrase, like for example "planet lotus"
- search is executed at LinkJam
- if exactly one URL was found, the browser is being redirected to this URL immediately, without any user intervention.
- if more URLs were found, the standard LinkJam result page displays.
 



1) Bruce Elgort12540 (16 Jun 2008)
While I like this idea I don't think it is something that will make it into LinkJam. First off it is specific to Firefox. Maybe something to think about for a future release. I am voting no opinion.
2) Julian Buss275 (16 Jun 2008)
Bruce, perhaps you could add the general "if exactly one URL found then redirect immediately" logic to the search result list. If you don't want that in general, you could make this dependend on an URL parameter.

Then a user (me :-) ) could create such search engine for the Firefox search box (or the search box of other browsers) himself.
3) Julian Buss275 (16 Jun 2008)
for all other users: I found out how to create a Firefox search engine plugin.
Do the following:
(Windows) go to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins
(Mac) open the Firefox.app and go to Contents -> MacOS -> searchplugins
Both: create a textfile "linkjam.xml" and save the following to it:
---
<SearchPlugin xmlns="{ Link }
<ShortName>LinkJam</ShortName>
<Description>LinkJam Beta Site</Description>
<InputEncoding>UTF-8</InputEncoding>
<Url type="text/html" method="GET" template="{ Link }
<Param name="query" value="{searchTerms}"/>
</Url>
<SearchForm>{ Link }
</SearchPlugin>
---
(sorry, the comment system converted the URLs to {Link} )

save the file, restart Firefox. You should have "LinkJam" in the search engines now.
You can even assign a shortcut like "li" to this search engine, so you can enter "li notes blog" in the address bar and have LinkJam search for it.

4) Martin Humpolec753 (20 Jun 2008)
It is not just about Firefox, the ability to customize search box has IE as well and I quite like the idea.
5) Gregory Engels1706 (04 Jul 2008)
Well, you can even easily make it an Opensearch complient search engine, and put an link rel="search" type="application/opensearchdescription+xml" tag in the html head, and that way it would work with FF 2.0 and IE 7.0

see { Link }
6) Martin Vereecken1895 (11 Jul 2008)
I created something similar for Notes.Net searches; the files can be of great help as a basis for IdeaJam search, it's not that hard: { Link }
Works in FF/IE7.










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