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« on: October 05, 2006, 03:04:33 AM »

At mouser's request, I have made a Mozilla-Search plugin for the forums.

This will work with Firefox, Mozilla, and Netscape 7.1+

Info page and install link can be found here:

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Other/ff/
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2006, 04:48:16 AM »

I have made another one...

This one is for the AOL Explorer browser.
You can now search the DonationCoder forums with that browser, as well.

Install page:  http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Other/ff/



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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2006, 03:45:37 PM »

Hi,

I've tried adding the plugin to Firefox and it appears to add it to a "Search" bar, but I can't locate it within Firefox.  Can you direct me to where the plugin should be showing up?

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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2006, 04:01:51 PM »

All this search plugin does is add the donationcoder.com forum search to the special search dropdown in firefox, allowing you to quickly search the donationcoder.com forum no matter where you are:



so you just type in the keywords and choose the donationcoder forum from the dropdown to use it.
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2007, 06:03:11 AM »

Nice work, April.  thumbs up

I installed the Firefox version and was trying to see if I could also lure your AOL version to install on my Maxthon 1.6, but to my surprise the answer was a Windows Internet Explorer popup saying "Netscape 6 or Mozilla is needed to install a sherlock plugin" ??
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2007, 06:20:41 AM »

Unfortunately, the code used to install the AOL version only works with AOL Explorer 1.5 and higher. I kind of lifted the installing code off of AOL's website.

They don't have many official search plugins available for AOL Explorer and absolutely no 3rd party ones and I wanted to change that, so I started snooping around and found out how they worked.

It turns out they are slightly modified versions of Firefox plugins that more or less follow the Sherlock standard, so I didn't have to change much to make it work with AOL Explorer. The biggest difference is the code used to install them.

Unfortunately, it was never intended for Maxthon or any other Internet Explorer based browser and I don't know anything about making Maxthon search plugins...yet.

If you can wait a bit, I will start snooping around for some Maxthon info some time next week and see if I can make one that will work.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2007, 01:30:54 PM »

using googles sitesearch, add the following to maxthon quicksearch:
[copy or print]
http://www.google.com/search?q=%us+site%3Awww.donationcoder.com%2FForums
( http://help.maxthon.com/i...uick_Search_-_Maxthon_1.x )

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2007, 03:26:26 AM »

The problem with googles site search is that not even most forum posts end up in google's index so there will be missing results.
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2007, 01:09:32 PM »

Thanks app.  Works great smiley

What's the shortcut to quickly jump to the search box and select a search engine in FireFox?
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2007, 06:09:24 AM »

What's the shortcut to quickly jump to the search box and select a search engine in FireFox?

i'm not using Firefox right now but i think it's Ctrl+K to focus on the search box & Ctrl+Up or Ctrl+Down to move up and down the search engines.. smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2007, 10:46:50 AM »

i'm not using Firefox right now but i think it's Ctrl+K to focus on the search box & Ctrl+Up or Ctrl+Down to move up and down the search engines.. smiley

I can confirm that this is the correct way to do it in Firefox 2.x.
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2007, 06:43:20 AM »

Aha! Another extremely handy tool for DC forum search is FARR!

an alias to search donationcoder.com forums from farr


* wordzilla was not aware of this feature and feels rather stupid
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2007, 09:36:19 AM »

Mouser: the code for the AOL Explorer search plugin isn't working properly.

I checked the source for the page and the javascript needed in the head is missing and the code for the link is calling the function for installing the Firefox one.

It's all wrong & messed up.

I have attached the correct code to make the AOL one work, to this post.

Can you please fix it?

Nice work, April.  thumbs up

I installed the Firefox version and was trying to see if I could also lure your AOL version to install on my Maxthon 1.6, but to my surprise the answer was a Windows Internet Explorer popup saying "Netscape 6 or Mozilla is needed to install a sherlock plugin" ??

Something about that error message bugged me but I didn't really give it that much thought till later on. The error message reported is the one for the Firefox plugin. If the AOL Explorer code was done correctly, the error should have said "You must have AOL Explorer 1.5 or later installed to use this feature."

So I checked it with my browser, which should have been able to install the plugin, and it couldn't. So I checked the source and saw where it was messed up.

Thanks Curt!  Thmbsup

And anybody that would like to know how to make search plugins for AOL Explorer or modify existing Sherlock plugins to work, are welcome to download the attachment & see.  smiley

* AOLexSearch-DonationCoder.zip (1.4 KB - downloaded 468 times.)
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