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Friday, August 10, 2007

Lijit SERP

I'm testing the lijit search results page. In theory, when you submit a lijit search you should land here to view the results. Unfortunately it doesn't work as expected when you're surfing with HTTP_REFERER turned off. Sigh.


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  • At Tuesday, August 14, 2007, Blogger tarable said…

    Sebastian, thanks for trying Lijit out. If you want to fix the way your search results are shown, you can always choose the basic option of having your search results displayed on a superimposed window on top of your blog. That way, readers aren't taken away from your site. You can change this from your "my search wijit" page within Lijit.

     
  • At Wednesday, August 15, 2007, Blogger Sebastian said…

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    The problem is that I hate popups of any kind, so I need to use the advanced option. ;)

    The referrer is a notorious unreliable thingy, hence deploying applications respecitively particular functionalities relying on the referrer is usually considered a mortal sin in Web development. ;)

    First, each and every functionality should be able to work without a referrer, and be it in a fallback mode informing the user that browser settings hinder an application to work as expected. In this case I'd expect that your script detects the lack of a referrer and automatically delivers the search results in another way, for example in a superimposed window (your basic option). What actually happens is that when a user has the referrer turned off, s/he is directed to the lijit SERP post which shows just a blank rectangle, not even an error message, and the search query is not recorded to show up in the stats.

    Second, when the referrer is needed to perform particular things, the current location should be passed as query string variable, or, if possible, in a cookie.

    I think lijit is cool. If you could implement my change request it would be way cooler :)

     

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