Search Remote, by Tomer Shiran & Yehuda Shiran
How it Works
The Search Remote is a cross-platform application. It works on all Web pages, including frame-based documents. First, take a look at the following images:
The Macintosh version of Navigator 4.5 features a Personal Toolbar, but previous Macintosh versions do not. Furthermore, we discovered some problems with the Links bar in the Macintosh version of Internet Explorer 4.x. However, as you will see later, the Search Remote can work without the Personal Toolbar or Links bar. We'll refer to both the Personal Toolbar (Navigator) and the Links bar (Internet Explorer) as the browser's link bar.
Any hypertext link can be added to the link bar. Simply drag a link up to the bar using your mouse. If your link bar is visible, go ahead and drag the Search Remote bookmarklet up to your link bar (be sure to choose the right one for your browser).
If you don't want to trigger the Search Remote from the link bar, you can use another method. If you're running Windows, right-click the bookmarklet link, and add it to your list of bookmarks (Navigator) or favorites (Internet Explorer). If you own a Mac, hold the mouse button over the link for a while, until the menu pops up. Then add the link to your set of bookmarks or favorites.
Editing the entries in the browser's bookmark directory differs between browsers and platforms. Use the Bookmarks menu in Navigator or the Favorites menu in Internet Explorer.
Once you've added the Search Remote bookmarklet to your link bar or bookmark directory, you're ready to start using it. When you're surfing the Web, and feel like searching one of the major search engines, just trigger the Search Remote (from the link bar or the bookmark list). The Search Remote will pop up.
If you want to perform a search for a phrase you see on that page, use the mouse to select that phrase, and then launch the Search Remote:
The preceding image demonstrates the process. First, we selected the phrase "money-managing tips." We then clicked the "Search" button in the Personal Toolbar, and the Search Remote appeared, with the selected phrase already entered. Once you select the desired search engine and execute the search, the Search Remote automatically closes. You can launch it again at any time via the button in the link bar or the corresponding bookmark/favorite.
As bookmarklets are not supported by the Macintosh version of Internet Explorer 4.x, you cannot use the Search Remote on these platforms.
If the Search Remote is a plain bookmark/favorite, you simply need to select the desired phrase and choose the bookmark ("Search").
To summarize, here are the steps for installing the Search Remote:
That's all there is to it. You're now prepared to search the Web in a much more efficient way. If you encounter any bugs in the script, be sure to let us know.