Friday 19 July 2002

Accessibility tip 24: Make everything searchable

“Every weblog needs a site search. Period.”

Well, that’s unambiguous. I already had a Google search box—configured to search the weblog.delacour.net domain—“above the fold” on my main index page but Mark Pilgrim recommends putting it on every page, with a proper label and access key. So that’s what I’ve done.

The site search is another of those accessibility features that benefits everyone:

Jackie, Michael, Bill, Lillian, Marcus, and pretty much everyone else in the world benefit from a well-implemented site search. Especially on a weblog, where content is primarily organized chronologically, it’s very frustrating to try to find a specific post that’s scrolled off the main page.

Thus a search facility goes part of the way to addressing the problem of impermanence that Burningbird raised in her farewell post.

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Comments

I've been AWOL these past weeks and only just found BB's farewell post. You'll be amused/delighted/befuddled to know that you, Mr. D., were my first stop for commentary on the Orange One's blogcessation. Surely you're planning more of a statement than a plug for searches...

;^)

Posted by Abie on 19 July 2002 (Comment Permalink)

All in good time, Abie, all in good time...

Posted by Jonathon Delacour on 19 July 2002 (Comment Permalink)

*If* impermanence is a problem, something I have refused to concede. ;)

I be looking forward to that post, Jonathon.

Posted by Dorothea Salo on 19 July 2002 (Comment Permalink)

This discussion is now closed. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

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