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Federated Search Implementer’s Guide Updated

by Brandon on May 22nd, 2009

Hope you’re all enjoying the Windows 7 RC!

This week we published an update to the Federated Search Implementer’s Guide.  This update includes some new information as well as some corrections to the original document.  Most crucially, the original document erroneously indicated that the URL template contained an attribute called “format” – when it was referring to the “type” attribute.  So if you followed the guide exactly, your OSDX file wouldn’t work properly with Windows 7 (or anybody else following the OpenSearch spec).

This update also includes additions such as information about providing “collection” templates to display results without the user entering a query, details about URL protocol support, and more.

Link: Windows 7 Federated Search Provider Implementer’s Guide

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  1. Scott Lezberg permalink

    Where can we ask support questions about this? For example, for some reason I am getting a valud RSS feed back but in the Windows explorer search, I am getting No Information Available and URL being displayed like the title and description tags are not correct but they appear to be in the RSS URL.

  2. Hey Scott.

    The problem you desecribe commonly occurs if the item elements in your RSS output are lacking valid elements. Do you have an example URL or some example XML you could share with me?

    You can e-mail me at and I’d be happy to try and sort out your problem.


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