[WikiEN-l] Contextual text in Wikipedia

Ryan Delaney ryan.delaney at gmail.com
Tue Oct 27 16:39:06 UTC 2009

Great! Daniel Brandt will love it :D

- causa sui

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 1:50 AM, Keith Old <keithold at gmail.com> wrote:

> G'day folks,
> Google has announced that it has developed a custom search skin for
> Wikipedia.
> http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/contextual-search-within-wikipedia.html
> We are excited to announce that we've built a Custom Search Wikipedia
> skin<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Csewiki> that
> makes it easier for you to complete your research on Wikipedia. Wikipedia
> allows users to register and personalize their Wikipedia environment via
> the
> configuration of options and the use of styles or skins. Just log in to
> Wikipedia, enable the Custom Search
> skin<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Csewiki> and
> you'll have quick access to relevant Google Custom Search results from
> Wikipedia. With the Custom Search skin, your search results are
> conveniently
> placed inline on the page. After you've reviewed the results, you can
> dismiss them and return to the current article of interest without having
> to
> switch to a different tab on your browser; you can access the relevant
> Wikipedia articles right within the Wikipedia interface.
> The Custom Search skin also features contextual search — searching across
> different sets of pages as you navigate Wikipedia. For Wikipedia pages with
> a lot of information and links, contextual search lets you limit your
> search
> to only those Wikipedia pages that are linked from the current article,
> focusing the results on the topic of the article. So, in addition to
> getting
> all matching Wikipedia articles, you can quickly drill down to contextually
> relevant results using the Linked Wikipedia Pages tab.
> For example, searching for [sequence] from a Wikipedia page on
> DNA<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA> provides
> a list of relevant results about DNA sequences and DNA sequence alignment,
> instead of the many pages about
> sequences<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequence_%28disambiguation%29>
> (in
> mathematics, poetry, music, games, etc.) that aren't relevant. Similarly,
> searching within the DNA page for [bonds] gives you results in chemistry
> and
> biochemistry, instead of other information about financial instruments and
> social sciences. This will help you perform more directed research, often
> with shorter queries, and get to relevant Wikipedia articles faster.
> More in story
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