I’m on holiday this week, so it’s giving me a chance to catch up on things.
I bit the bullet last night and installed IE7 beta 2 on my laptop — partly to see if all of our library web sites work okay, but mostly to see how it handles RSS and OpenSearch.
After a virtual prod a couple of weeks ago from Richard Wallis @ Talis, I added an OpenSearch interface to our OPAC (webcat.hud.ac.uk/OpenSearch.xml). The ability to then use the a9.com site to do a MetaLib-like cross search of multiple resources (e.g. Wikipedia and the OPAC) is a pretty cool feature, especially if you’re doing research — just bring up an article from Wikipedia and you get to see relevant library holdings at the same time:
I also added the following OpenSearch Autodiscovery link to the <head> section of the catalogue pages:
Thanks to the Autodiscovery link, IE7 detects that OpenSearch is available for our OPAC and changes the little drop-down icon in the toolbar search box from blue to orange:
Clicking on the drop-down gives a couple of extra options, including one to “Add Search Providers” which allows you to select “Huddersfield Uni”:
You need to then confirm and decide whether or not you want it to be the default search:
Once that’s done, “Huddersfield Uni” has been added to the list of search options:
When you run a search (e.g. for “php”), IE7 renders it in the same way as other RSS feeds:
At that point, you can subscribe to the feed and get it to periodically run the search again. Another cool option is that you can type further keywords into the search box (e.g. “xml”) to filter the results to just the 3 titles that match both “xml” and “php”:
All in all, I’m pretty impressed with the way IE7 handles RSS and OpenSearch!