A while ago we added search plugins to the search page. They're behind the links next to "Saloon Forum Search" and "JavaRanch FAQ Search". These plugins use OpenSearch, which runs on Firefox 2 and -supposedly- IE 7. I say supposedly because we've gotten mixed feedback as to whether they actually work. If you're a an IE 7 user and want to test this, click on the links (yes, even though they say Firefox) and install the plugin. (It may be necessary to restart the browser afterwards.) Let us know in this thread what does or does not happen, particularly if it doesn't work. Thanks!
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Ulf, I wouldn't call myself an "IE 7 user", but I do have it installed to test how pages look and for one or two employer pages that only work in IE.
When I click the link to install the plugin, I get a pop up with the message "Internet Explorer does not support this type of search provider. It cannot be added to your Toolbar Search Box."
Despite the error message, it adds two search providers to the list when I click the down arrow: "JavaRanch FAQ" and "JavaRanch Saloon." When I click on "JavaRanch Saloon", I get the aforementioned popup again and then it disappears from the list. Clicking on "JavaRanch FAQ" doesn't give me an error, but typing in any search string and searching on it takes me to the URL "http://faq.javaranch.com/button". When I switch back to google search, the "JavaRanch FAQ" entry disappears too.
Then I tried installing the plugin and immediately restarting the browser. When I did this, the JavaRanch search provider didn't show up at all.
Thanks Jeanne. Unfortunately, that vibes with what someone else had reported.
Theoretically OpenSearch is a standard, and since both FF 2 and IE 7 claim to support it, I had hoped this might be a case of develop-on-one-and-use-on-both. But that only worked for FF; IE seems to have a different interpretation of the standard. :-(