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Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development: Developing Powerful Applications for The Next Generation of IE by Matthew Crowley

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Chapter 9. Building Search Provider and Search Suggestion Extensions

IE 7 introduced a popular feature called Instant Search. This places a search box into the top-level browser chrome, enabling fast access to search without having to first navigate to the URL of a search engine.

In this chapter I discuss how you can easily build traditional search providers and visual search providers for your site or third-party services. I begin by discussing the OpenSearch specification, followed by the format and structure of search providers. I follow this up with a walkthrough of using OpenSearch to construct a basic search provider. Next up are visual search providers, where I discuss the process of building this enhanced extension for IE 8 and higher. ...

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