So, today, I enabled the OpenSearch spec on my blog. I doubt people come here to search, but it's good technology that I think should be out there more often.

If you're using IE7, you'll notice that when you're here, your search drop-down has an orange button next to it (details on IE7's auto-discovery implentation can be found here).

IE7 Autodiscovery

Unfortunately, Firefox doesn't support OpenSearch yet (that I can find).

The way I got this working was really to read the OpenSearch spec on A9's OpenSearch How-To page. Pretty simple, actually. I created the opensearch xml file, and added the following to the header of each page on my blog:

 <link rel="search" 
        title="marius dot org Search"
        href="" />

Simple as that.

[Update: Confirmed that Firefox does not currently support OpenSearch, but it looks like Firefox 2 will]





2 responses to “OpenSearch”

  1. Michael Fagan Avatar

    Firefox supports OpenSearch as of FF Bon Echo (towards version 2).

  2. Knox North Avatar

    I like the way you implemented the OpenSearch and thanks to Michael Fagan for the tip about Firefox. is a place to add and look for searches saved in the OpenSearch format.