Did Firefox adopt your idea? Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Chris, I noticed that firefox now basically has Smartsearch built in. (Correction: Not true) I would love the lowdown on whether they adopted your idea or whether you both adopted it from another source. That sort of thing.
The below is my response to the Developers reply.
The Firefox feature that I came across is called “keyword searches” or “Smart keywords” which also involves going to another webpage and associating a keyword with its search field. This is the help page...http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-search-from-address-bar
That being said, I just discovered that it doesn’t provide the functionality that your add-on does. Specifically the ability to select a word on a page and use a dropdown list to choose from a list of websites. (Something I do all the time since it’s quick and doesn’t require typing or remembering keywords).
There is a strong chance that I’m mistaken and your add-on instead added functionality to an existing build in feature. I can’t be sure either way.
That being said, to anyone reading this, I highly recommend this add-on because of the greater functionality it provides.
(I also recommend the add-on "Wiktionary and Google Translate" which, when you double click a word, quickly produces a pop-up window with its definition and sometimes an audio of its pronunciation)
Neat -- how much have they included? I know that "Search <x> for" showed up in the context menu at one point. Have they added support for multiple search engines?
(Credit where credit is due: The original idea is John Callahan's, and the original implementation (parts of which has survived to this day) is Ben Goodger's.)
Update: Right, you've got it: The "smart keywords" address-bar functionality is native to Firefox, and SmartSearch adds the context-menu support. Thanks for the review.