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Google AJAX Search Plugin

Wrapper plugin for a dynamic search service provided by Google.

About Google AJAX Search

The Google AJAX Search API is an experimental API that lets you integrate a dynamic Google search module into your web pages so your users can mash up Google search results with other content on your site or add search results clippings to their own content.

Note that this service (as stated by Google themselves):

  • Is in BETA
  • Will likely change in the future, so the current implementation may break
  • Future versions may contain ads

If you want to put this service on your own site you need to obtain a (free) unique key from Google.

NOTE: the Google key must be valid for the directory/directories you will be searching in. If you are going to search all webs, pass http://yourdomain/twiki/bin/view/ as url.

Set GOOGLEKEY below in Settings.

Restricting search to a site or Web

To obtain results from a particular website, set variable GOOGLESEARCHSITE.

To get results from one TWiki Web only, set variable GOOGLESEARCHWEB in combination with GOOGLESEARCHSITE.

For example:

   * Set GOOGLESEARCHSITE = http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/
Set the variables below in Settings.

Putting a search box

Start a search box with %GOOGLEAJAXSEARCH%.

The JavaScript code written by the plugin assumes a html container element exists with id googleAjaxSearchControl. The results will be written to this element.

The input field should have the id googleAjaxSearchInputElement.

Current limitation: there may only be one search box on a page.


<div class="googleAjaxSearch">
<strong>Search %GOOGLESEARCHWEB% </strong><input class="twikiInputField" size="55" id="googleAjaxSearchInputElement" value=""/>
<span class="twikiGrayText twikiSmallish">(results by Google !AJAX - Beta)</span>
<div id="googleAjaxSearchControl"></div>

An input field with id 'googleAjaxSearchWeb' may override GOOGLESEARCHWEB. For example:

<input type="hidden" id="googleAjaxSearchWeb" value="Main" />

An input field with id 'googleAjaxSearchLabel' may override GOOGLESEARCHLABEL. For example:

<input type="hidden" id="googleAjaxSearchlabel" value="twiki.org TWiki Web" />


To show the search box in another topic, write this:

%INCLUDE{"%TWIKIWEB%.GoogleAjaxSearchPlugin" section="default" query="" web="%BASEWEB%" label="%BASEWEB% Web (results by Google)"}%

This will include the following section (leave as is, no need to copy this):

%STARTSECTION{"default"}%%GOOGLEAJAXSEARCH%<div class="googleAjaxSearch"><strong>Search %BASEWEB% </strong><input class="twikiInputField" size="50" id="googleAjaxSearchInputElement" value="%query%" /><input type="hidden" id="googleAjaxSearchWeb" value="%BASEWEB%" /><input type="hidden" id="googleAjaxSearchlabel" value="%label%" />
<div id="googleAjaxSearchControl"></div></div><!--//googleAjaxSearch-->%ENDSECTION{"default"}%

Start search automatically

To start off with a search, pass a default search string to the input field.

Start search automatically by URL parameter

Pass parameter googleAjaxQuery to the url to start off a default search. For example: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/GoogleAjaxSearchPlugin?googleAjaxQuery=htaccess

Test this: http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/GoogleAjaxSearchPlugin?googleAjaxQuery=htaccess

A URL parameter will override a locally set search input value.


Setting a custom label

You can set the label of the search results to a custom string by defining GOOGLESEARCHLABEL in Settings.


For an explanation of the following variables read above. These are example variable values:
  • Set GOOGLESEARCHSITE = http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/
  • Set GOOGLESEARCHLABEL = twiki.org
  • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Dynamic Google AJAX search service for public TWiki sites

You can set these values in this topic, or in any other topic where %GOOGLEAJAXSEARCH% is written. Note that you will need to use the syntax GOOGLEAJAXSEARCHPLUGIN_MYVARIABLE if you set the variable in a different web.


To see it work (if installed and the right Google key is set):

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Plugin Installation Instructions

  • Download the ZIP file from the Plugin web (see below)
  • Unzip GoogleAjaxSearchPlugin.zip in your root ($TWIKI_ROOT) directory. Content:
    File: Description:

  • Optionally, if it exists, run GoogleAjaxSearchPlugin_installer to automatically check and install other TWiki modules that this module depends on. You can also do this step manually.
  • Alternatively, manually make sure the dependencies listed in the table below are resolved. None
  • (Dakar) Visit configure in your TWiki installation, and enable the plugin in the {Plugins} section.

Contrib Info

Authors: TWiki:Main.ArthurClemens
Copyright ©: 2006, 2007 Arthur Clemens
License: GPL
Dependencies: None
25 Jan 2007 1.0.4 Doc fixes
22 Nov 2006 1.0.3 Settings can now be written in any topic
22 Jul 2006 1.0.2 Added Lazy loading
22 Jul 2006 1.0.1 Added GOOGLESEARCHLABEL; various bug fixes
20 Jul 2006 1.0.0 First Version
Home: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/GoogleAjaxSearchPlugin
Feedback: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/GoogleAjaxSearchPluginDev
Appraisal: http://TWiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/GoogleAjaxSearchPluginAppraisal

Related Topics: TWikiPreferences

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