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AlltheWeb Alchemist displays web search results in basic HTML code. Searchers can view these results in this basic format, or customize the results view via their own pre-defined CSS file, allowing the user to control virtually all aspects of result presentation for the various search catalogs and other elements on the page.
It looks like a quality "web service" without the overhead junk like SOAP. I may be reading that press release wrong though?
And for that you have to host the css file on your own server and give them another cookie. I find their normal preferences set up where you can specify how queries are rewritten by default more useful
The kicker for me, is Opera's CSS support for Content After and Content Before! You can gen and insert content from the page. All sorts of fun stuff can be done that way.
Big thumbs up to personalization.
If you don't have a server, you can point the css at one of the W3C Core Style Sheets:
For example: to use "Old Style", point the url on the Alchemist preferences page to:
Could you serve this "skinned" and customised feature with a bit of tweaking as internal search engine for your own homepage only showing results from your own site? (given that all your pages are indexed by Fast)
-> Goto the AllTheWeb Alchemist page
-> Set a url to a CSS file.
-> It's sets a cookie with the address you just entered.
When you now view a page at AllTheWeb, your browser sends that url cookie back to AllTheWeb and they insert that as the CSS link in the HTML output.
There's really not an opportunity to save bandwidth anywhere that I can see.
1-9,0 to go to search results, +/- to go to next/previous page of search results, g/t to run the same search on google/teoma, ? for help. Mozilla-only until I figure out how to use behaviors in IE. If you copy it to put on your local web server for speed/paranoia/modification, be sure to grab alltheweb.xml as well. I do not have access to referrer logs for www.cs.hmc.edu.
<iframe src="http://www.alltheweb.com/alchemist?usexhtml=yes&csspath=http://someserver.com/somestyles.css" width=1 height=1/>
on a page, kids could mess up ones alltheweb-styles...
think about what one can do with styles... if yahoo would implement something like this, it would be spammers paradise.
You can take out the ads and anything else you don't want. I've created a very minimalist skin, but because I've take out ads, logos, etc, I don't think I should post it here.
Actually, Fast could counteract this problem by including styles for the overture results within the page, which would override custom options.
Anyway, I think the whole idea is great; although I've always thought that ATW's design was the best of the search engines'.