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Christina's LIS Rant
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
  Playing with IE7, search block...
IE7 beta 3 is out and I've installed it and tested it. It's actually really like Firefox.

Note: tabs, very simple interface (you can glop it up with toolbars if you like), search block (includes find on page), "favorites center" w/ feed reader.

So the first things I set out to do were to try the feed reader, tabs, and to customize the search block.

Feed Reader
Pretty cool, but, as far as I can tell, the little icon needs to light up -- it needs to automatically detect a feed to be able to add it. It seems to be working for all of the blog softwares but internally generated feeds at MPOW don't seem to work.

Tabs
The bit where you can preview all of the tabs and manage them at once is way cool.

Search Block
I was able to customize some searches for local universities using searchplugins.net. The catalog and some internal ones for MPOW will need to be done by hand using what I learned doing the firefox ones. My intention is to work with the IT folks to see if internal search thingies can be part of the standard build that is pushed to MPOW computers (once IE7 is out of beta). Are other special librarians doing this proactively?
 
Comments:
You can give www.OpenSearchList.com a try to look for searches for IE7 or Firefox 2. It's very easy to create your own there.
 
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