Install the SitePoint Reference Accelerator
Accelerators are a new technology available in Internet Explorer 8, that put easy-to-use lookup tools right at your fingertips. Rather than copy and paste information from one site to another, Accelerators allow you to send that information directly.
There's a growing range of Accelerators available for IE8, offering functionality such as web searches, dictionary searches, and a lookup for Yahoo! Maps. Ours is is a search tool for the SitePoint Reference.
Ever read an article and wonder what a particular term means? Ever encounter an element or attribute you don't recognise, or want compatibility information for a CSS property you don't often use? With the SitePoint Reference Accelerator, getting that information is as simple as highlighting the text!
How to use the Accelerator
Once you've installed the Accelerator, all you have to do to use it is select some text. When you do this, a small blue icon appears, and clicking that will open the Accelerators menu, from which you can choose the Accelerator you want to pass the selected text to:
Most accelerators have a preview mode, which is activated simply by hovering over the menu item. With the SitePoint Reference Accelerator, preview mode will quickly show you the top three results from searching for the selected text:
Clicking the menu item will then do a full search, and take you to the main search results page on the SitePoint Reference website.
Try it out!
If you'd like to try it out straight away, use the code sample below to select and search for some terms, such as element or attribute names:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <title>Page title goes here</title> </head> <body id="reference-sitepoint-com"> <!-- content goes here --> </body> </html>
More information about Accelerators can be found on the Microsoft website.