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Add other Wikipedia languages to Firefox 3 search bar Apps
Wikipedia articles are different in every language, and not all of them appear in the English version of Wikipedia. Firefox 3 includes in many languages versions (Spanish, German, etc., but not French) a search plug-in for Wikipedia set for the corresponding language. Download the version of Firefox 3 for the language you're interested in using (no need to install), mount the disk image, control-click on the Firefox icon and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. Navigate to Contents » Resources » MacOS » searchplugins; the Wikipedia plug-in is an XML file that you can copy and install into your main language's version of Firefox. Just copy and paste the file from the language of choice to the same folder in your main copy of Firefox.

If, for the language you are interested in, Firefox does not include a Wikipedia plug-in, you must modify one. Quit Firefox, then duplicate the English plugin (wikipedia.xml). Next, change the name of the duplicated file to wikipedia-yl.xml, where yl should be the language for the search engine (fr for French, for instance). Open the file in a text editor (TextEdit, BBEdit), and change all en instances with the language code you are interested in, including the en in the ShortName entry. Save and launch Firefox.

This technique may also be used with other search engines, such as Yahoo and Google, that offer country-specific search engines.
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Add other Wikipedia languages to Firefox 3 search bar
Authored by: empaler on Jun 20, '08 10:36:31AM
Although this is a very neat way of having lots of fun with digging through packages, I believe that the Mycroft project (http://mycroft.mozdev.org/wikipedia-search-plugins.html) is a more efficient solution.
Also, there's a roll-your-own-search plugin (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3682 - I haven't used this particular plugin, but a similar one previously with great success). HTH, HAND.

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Re: Add other Wikipedia languages to Firefox 3 search bar
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Jun 20, '08 03:51:19PM
Wikipedia provides auto-discovery of search engines, so you don't even have to do any of this digging in other copies of Firefox.

Simply visit the local Wikipedia site (e.g., http://de.wikipedia.org/ ) and click on the icon in your search field. You can then add that local Wikipedia to the search field by choosing the "Add" option in the search field's menu.

Camino also supports auto-discovery of search engines on sites (like Wikipedia) that provide auto-discovery features.

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Re: Add other Wikipedia languages to Firefox 3 search bar
Authored by: T0b1 on Jun 22, '08 05:23:01PM
Add other Wikipedia languages to Firefox 3 search bar
Authored by: Fairly on Jun 20, '08 07:43:17PM
Seems like a lot of work for very little joy. And it only works for Wikipedia. When there's an easy way to roll your own.

http://rixstep.com/4/0/aws.shtml

I haven't tested this yet on FF3 but on Safari it works great. And it's free.

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