Saturday, August 06, 2005

YubNub Search Bar - works in any browser

Inspired by Felipe Gomes' Google Command Line, Sean O'Hagan has written a neat YubNub search-bar that lives at the bottom of your browser. The neat thing about it is that it works in almost any browser, because it uses a simple HTML frame. To start it up, simply type cmdline into YubNub. Then try typing "gim porsche" into the command-line at the bottom of the screen (or a URL like


Anonymous Allen Ormond said...

Very cool! Unfortunately the keyboard shortcut doesn't work in Safari. Also, it would be nice if the field cleared when a command is executed, perhaps make this an option?

8/06/2005 3:59 p.m.  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Thanks for the feedback, Allen. Hopefully Sean will see your comment.

8/06/2005 4:08 p.m.  
Blogger Jonathan said...

It would be useful IMO to set the field to the URL of the upper frame. Like a real address bar.

On the other hand, there are advantages to leaving the command in the field e.g. it makes it easier to try alternative search engines -- gim, yim, flk -- simply by changing the command.

8/06/2005 4:48 p.m.  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Update: Felipe Gomes has added YubNub to the original Google Command Line. So now you can type "/yubnub gim porsche" into it.

8/06/2005 10:46 p.m.  
Anonymous Sean O'Hagan said...

"cmdline" now has a -c switch which clears the command line after hitting "Enter".

8/07/2005 12:32 a.m.  
Anonymous Sean O'Hagan said...

According to Felipe, it doesn't appear to be possible to access the URL of the upper frame.

Perhaps the lower frame can "talk" to the YubNub server and access the URL that way...

8/07/2005 12:53 a.m.  
Anonymous Sean O'Hagan said...

Allen (and any other Safari users), does Ctrl+y work? Or some other control key? I was just reading about the "accesskey" setting and Safari browsers, and Alt or Ctrl apparently work depending on your browser type. Let me know, thanks.

8/08/2005 4:47 a.m.  
Anonymous allen ormond said...

I tried all the different command keys (shift, control, option, command) and a few combinations... nothing seemed to work.

8/08/2005 3:44 p.m.  
Anonymous Sean O'Hagan said...

I read about a bug with certain Safari versions and "accesskey". Do you have the newest version? I'm not a Safari guy so I'll let the Apple community help out on this one:

"How can you hotkey to a text box in Safari?"

8/08/2005 8:27 p.m.  
Anonymous allen ormond said...

I do have the latest version of Safari.

I just checked out the keyboard shortcuts in gmail and they DO work in Safari. You might want to poke around in their code for ideas?

8/09/2005 4:09 p.m.  

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