CobraCountry is a colossus of a website...
over 800 web pages and growing. But even so, finding what you're
looking for is a snap, whether you need to search the entire
site, or just one page... such as the "Cobras For
Sale" page, the most-visited (and longest-scrolling)
page on the site. This "Quick Search"
tutorial page opened in a new window, so you can conduct a test
search on the "Cobras For Sale" page
as you read these tips.
1. SEARCHING THE ENTIRE
SITE: If you wish to conduct a keyword or
keyphrase search of the entire 800+ pages of CobraCountry, use
the "Sidewinder" search engine. Your text input
box is just to the left of that red animated sidewinder serpent
you see at the top of the frameset. Type in what you're looking
for: say, <289FIA manufacturers> or <Weaver
family> or <GT40 mfgrs> or <cobar showrooms
in teh midwest>. In about 1/20 of a second, you'll get
your results... that blink-of-an-eye result encompassed
a search of over 800 web pages. It's fast and efficient. And
also note that if you enter an incorrect abbreviation or a typical
misspelling or a typo [as with "mfgrs" (no such abbreviation
exists) and "cobar" (for "cobra") and "teh"
(for "the") above], Sidewinder will still find
what you're searching for. Sidewinder was custom designed and
programmed to find geographical keywords, proper names, product
keywords, key numbers and common misspellings. There are only
two search functions Sidewinder cannot do: like any other
search engine, it is not designed nor intended to search an individual
web page (such as the "Cobras For Sale"
page) and it cannot (yet) provide results for are the (50) Yellow
Pages-but the Yellow Pages too will be added to its
search capabilities in the future.
2. SEARCHING AN INDIVIDUAL
WEB PAGE: if you wish to find a word or phrase
on a single page (such as the "Cobras For Sale"
page), that's also a cinch. This tip is not a CobraCountry-specific techniquerather,
it's a little-known but valuable browser feature that
will work for you on virtually any page on the Internet. It even works on a "frameset"
site such as CobraCountry, where you're actually viewing 3 pages
in one window: one page is the set of tabs and "Sidewinder
search" section that spans the top of the frameset; another
is that column of banner ads you see on the LHS of the frameset;
the third is the "active page" on the RHS. We'll use
the "Cobras For Sale" page for this little
"page search" tutorial. Let's search for the keyword
<kirkham>, as in "Kirkham Motorsports."
Here's how you do it:
a) You MUST
let your browser know which individual page you wish to search: make sure you've got CobraCountry
opened to the "Cobras For Sale" page;
now, select some random text near the top of the page [either
double-click on a word, or drag your cursor or several characters
or words]. As an example, the yellow arrow in the graphic below
points to the words <Latest edition (v2.02...>, which have been randomly selected]. Selecting
that text didn't make anything happen... no flashing lights,
no dancing girls. But by selecting some text like that, you just
quietly informed Explorer (or Safari or Mozilla
Firefox or whatever browser you're using) that this is the
page you wish to search.
Another benefit of selecting
that text: you may
also note that by selecting text [and thus letting your browser
know what page you're viewing], your "page up" and
"page down" and "home" and "end"
buttons on your keyboard will now function whereas they perhaps
b) Now hold
down your "Control" key and hit "F" for "Find";
on a Macintosh the key sequence is "Command-F"]. You'll
see a "Find dialog box" pop up someplace (its location
dependent upon which browser you're using).
in your search word(s):
before you even finish typing the word <k-i-r-k-h-a-m>
into the text box, your browser will already have raced to and
highlighted the first instance of the word. As you click "NEXT,"
your browser will continue to race the each successive instance
of the word. When we tested for this tutorial, Safari
found 18 instances of <kirkham> in under 5 seconds (the
speed mostly dependent upon how fast you can click the "NEXT"
button). If you're fortunate, your browser's search will stop
when it finds the last instance of <kirkham> on the page,
but some browsers (Safari included) for some whacko/programmer
reason merely revert back to the top of the page and (redundantly)
recycle the search process. In either case, though, your ability
to find what you're searching for just got nitro-charged. And
this 'Find' procedure works on any and every page of the Internet
that contains text.
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