OpenSearch for WALS Languages

A frequent visitor to WALS Online suggested a new feature: It would be useful if the WALS language search was available as FireFox search plugin – i.e. if you type language names into your browser’s search box and go to WALS Online for the search results.

The way this can be achieved is via OpenSearch, a standard that lets websites communicate their search capabilities to browsers (or other search clients).

You can install the WALS Language Search plugin in FireFox by visiting the WALS website and then clicking on the small arrow next to your browser’s search box. This will open a dropdown list looking like this:

Select Add “Search a Language in WALS” to install the plugin.

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