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 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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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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