[OpenLayers-Dev] doc search

Erik Uzureau erik.uzureau at metacarta.com
Fri Nov 23 17:44:24 EST 2007

On 11/16/07, Tim Schaub <tschaub at openplans.org> wrote:
> Hey-
> Since virtual hosts are cheap, I was wondering if the URLs for the docs
> might be changed to
> http://docs.openlayers.org/api/
> and
> http://docs.openlayers.org/dev/
> Google does pretty well with searches for things like "openlayers
> apidocs vector layer".
> That would be a more guessable query if it were something like
> "openlayers api vector layer" or "openlayers docs vector layer" (in my
> mind).
> On the subject of google doing well with search results, I've found this
> to be a pretty nice custom search:
> http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=014463037885208095954%3Afpkz4hlru9i
> I've only limited it to a few sites - and since nabble's urls suck, it's
> a bit too generic - but it gives pretty good results.  E.g. a search for
> "vector layer" yields our dev docs
> (http://www.google.com/cse?cx=014463037885208095954%3Afpkz4hlru9i&q=vector+layer&sa=Search&cof=FORID%3A0).
> Anyway, those custom search results can be embedded in any page - I
> tried quickly on the wiki and had no luck.  I'm sure a bit more
> tinkering would get it on the website somewhere.
> So, I guess this is two proposals:
> 1) what about new URL for the docs?

I'm a strong +1 on this. I think cr5 is in the soup with changing the
server on which OL is hosted, so it might make sense to wait until
that's finished. chris?

> 2) any sense in embedding a custom search in the website (major caveat:
> results come with ads).

i'm kind of wary about this. not sure what to think, really. seems
silly to say no but the idea of having google on our site gives me
twitch. just seems sort of incongruous. maybe it's just me though. i'm
a -0 on this -- overall probably more not in favor than in favor, but
at the same time, not a strong opion


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