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Picture of Doodle - a 
black cat

Welcome to Doodlecat, where we enjoy the pleasures of life (with a slight bias towards the outdoors). This page is regularly updated with news and views plus information about any additions or changes to the various parts of the site. It acts as Doodlecat’s Blog too, so the odd rant considered opinion may pop up from time to time.

I would love to be able to say that Doodlecat is all my own work, but it isn’t. Much of the outdoors content is courtesy of the splendid people who participate in the annual TGO Challenge (there is a section entirely devoted to this unique event) and many others.

To help in tracking down that elusive morsel on Doodlecat, the search facility under the title bar above is tailored to help you find it, either on this home page (Doodlecat's Blog) all the rest of the site (Main Site) or – if all else fails - the internet!

So have a rummage around the old cat basket and enjoy your time with us!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Searching for ... er ...

If the site looks a bit odd, please 'refresh' the page - not all browsers refer to the CSS every time - and you will see that we now have a little 'search' facility at the top of the page.

Why?

Well, there's now quite a bit of stuff on Doodlecat, and I have noticed a growing number of Google searches for articles and trail diaries hosted here. I have therefore shamelessly cribbed a bit of code in order to include a search facility. This is powered by Google, so you can search just this site, or the whole internet.

This obviously relies on Google having indexed all the stuff here, and, thanks to the number of people visiting, Google updates quite regularly. However, the 'site search' will only search pages that we at Doodlecat actually host, not the sites we provide links for.

This is a trial for now -I'll try to make it work better over time, as it ain't perfect. If it misses more than it finds, I'll take it off, but hopefully this will become a useful widget, especially if you're trying to track down something that you know is here ... somewhere. It works especially well with the 'blog' posts on this page, so if, for example, you vaguely recalled the piece about lightweight gear from the Eagle comic, just typing 'eagle' in the search box will find it instantly - and every other reference to an eagle on the site.

Generally I find it works best with just one word, or two at the most, as the search is very specific. For instance 'eagle' and 'lightweight' together will find the piece, but 'eagle' and 'camping' won't, as the word 'camping' is not in the text.

Anyway - it's there if you want it!

3 Comments:

OpenID peewiglet said...

Very swish indeed!

July 20, 2009 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

Ooh - I can now find all the stuff on Miss Whiplash!

Days and days of happiness to come...

July 20, 2009 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

I'll get my coat...

July 20, 2009 at 3:52 PM  

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