An improvement on the "search list archive" 404's

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Nov 3 10:55:05 EDT 2017


The attachment, while claiming to be an HTML document, just came across
as a text document?


Eric Siegerman <pub08-gnc at> writes:

> [Moved from gnucash-user to gnucash-devel]
> On Fri, Oct 06, 2017 at 11:30:17AM -0400, Derek Atkins wrote:
>> Eric Siegerman <pub08-gnc at> writes:
>> > I get that there are no immediate plans to (re)implement search
>> > locally, and that's cool; but more helpful than just returning a
>> > 404 error would be to put a static page at that URL that explains
>> > what to do instead.
>> Send me an HTML file that looks good and I'll put it in place.
> Rather belatedly, attached is a version for you to
> consider/critique.
> Things to note:
>   - I was going to apply the styling, but couldn't
>     find styles to suit what I wanted.  So instead I added a bit
>     of inline placeholder CSS, just to not be using <tt> and the
>     like.  Look for the "fixme-xyz" class names.
>   - If (as expected) someone arrives at this page from the
>     "search Archives" button on a list's Mailman info page,
>     there's JavaScript that will modify the search-engine HREFs
>     to only search the list in question.
>     (I don't know how you feel about JavaScript in general, but I
>     noticed that there is a little of it on the site.  If you'd
>     rather it go away, that's fine; I knew I was writing it "on
>     spec".)
>   - Even without JavaScript, the static HREFs arrange to search
>     only the GNC lists -- but all of them in that case.
>       - For Google, that consists of adding a "q=site:whatever"
> 	query parameter, which Google then stuffs into the
> 	search-form field.
> 	ISSUE: They don't put a space after it, so users will
> 	have to type one.  It's a minor nit, but it is an
> 	annoyance.
> 	If anyone knows how to convince to add the
> 	trailing space, so much the better!
>   - I replaced Yahoo with Nabble:
>       - Yahoo doesn't seem to be indexing the GNC lists any more.
> 	I tried searching for a couple of phrases chosen out of
> 	random list posts, and Yahoo couldn't find anything
>       - A lot of folks here seem to use Nabble, so that served
>         as a recommendation for what to offer instead
> If you want changes, just let me know.  (Or feel free to make
> them yourself; I'm good either way.)
> I presume that in either case, once it's ready to go, you'll have
> to do some slicing and dicing to put its head and body pieces
> into whatever CMS you're using.
>   - Eric
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