Meet the Context Search Developer

Ben Basson

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Why was Context Search created?

Context Search came about as an alternative to Ben Goodger's SmartSearch. I liked the idea of being able to choose a search engine at the point of searching (being restricted to the default seemed a bit limited), but I didn't want to use the search keywords system when there was a perfectly good search engine selection in the top right hand corner.

I mimicked the menu structure and with minimal effort I was able to get the result I wanted, a handy time saver that I use on every computer I work on.

What's next for Context Search

There are a couple of enhancements that I would like to make to Context Search in the near future:

1) Localisation support - I've been trying to keep the extension slim and simple, but I will implement full localisation support in order to fix the weird ordering of words given out in some languages.

2) Add the "Manage Search Engines" link to the bottom of the menu (but only if the search bar in the top right is hidden). This will give people who discard the normal search bar an easy access point to the engine customisation window.

Please feel free to contact me regarding other ideas, and source code contributions are always welcome.

About the Developer

Developer Information
Name Ben Basson
Location London
Occupation Lead Developer, Fivium
Homepage http://www.basson.at/
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 6 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Who is Ben Basson?

Since 2004, I've been writing Firefox extensions as hobby projects to solve feature gaps or problems that I've had with the browser, and I hope to continue doing so in my spare time for the foreseeable future.

Professionally, I'm a Lead Developer working for Fivium in London, using Oracle SQL, PL/SQL, XML and web-tier technologies.