Friday, July 17, 2009

OpenSearch - enabling your site with OpenSearch

You must have seen list of search engines in mozilla search bar (usually to the right end after address bar). There are a list of sites like Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia on the list from which we can choose the default search engine. These sites are OpenSearch enabled. The Mozilla browser can directly send search queries from the search bar to these sites. There are lot of sites which are OpenSearch enabled. We can easily identify a site is OpenSearch by looking at the arrow icon on the search bar in Mozilla.
If the site is OpenSearch enabled, there will be glow for the arrow icon
You can click the arrow to see the option "Add " so that the search the site will also get listed in the search engine list. You can search that site by directly entering the search term on the mozilla browser search box and selecting the site from the list of search engines.
More details, the demo and how to enable OpenSearch on the following link http://www.prasanthkumars.com/searchdemo.asp.