More From Google Labs

google_labs.jpgOkay, search freaks: there are a few more frills to try out courtesy of Google Labs. The folks with the bubbling beakers have introduced a timeline search, which disports your results along a timeline depending, it seems, on dates located within the results — though I imagine the algorithm is a tad more sophisticated than that. Here’s a search for “charter of rights and freedoms” in a timeline view. A timeline might be useful if you’re doing a quick bit of history.

Then there’s a map view of search results. This one is going to need more work. I searched for “Osgoode Hall Law School,” and, perhaps unsurprisingly, was offered York in England in the number three spot, because one of the results mentioned York as in York University. Curiously, in that case there was also a mention of Buffalo as in New York, but this didn’t make it to the map.

More useful will be the keyboard shortcuts in which:

Key Action
J Selects the next result.
K Selects the previous result.
O Opens the selected result.
<Enter> Opens the selected result.
/ Puts the cursor in the search box.
<Esc> Removes the cursor from the search box.

Here’s a search for “canada” done using the lab’s search form. You’ll see a bold carat in the left margin that moves in response to your keyboard instructions. This is one they can fast track to the main site, so far as I’m concerned.

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