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Safari Search While Typing plugin?

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Hey all,

Not sure where to put this exactly, but does anyone know of a Safari plugin that activates the Find On Page (cmd+f) feature upon typing text (like the Firefox option)?

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I don't know if this is close enough to what your looking for to help you or not. I use a java bookmarklet to Highlight specified search terms on web pages. Here is the java script. Just create a dummy bookmark in your bookmark bar, right click it, and replace the URL with the java in the address section. Name it as you wish.

javascriptfunction(){var%20count=0,%20text,%20dv ;text=prompt(%22Search%20phrase:%22,%20%22%22);if( text==null%20||%20text.length==0)return;dv=documen t.defaultView;function%20searchWithinNode(node,%20 te,%20len){var%20pos,%20skip,%20spannode,%20middle bit,%20endbit,%20middleclone;skip=0;if(%20node.nod eType==3%20){ e);if(pos%3E=0){spannode=document.createElement(%2 2SPAN%22); %22;middlebit=node.splitText(pos);endbit=middlebit .splitText(len);middleclone=middlebit.cloneNode(tr ue);spannode.appendChild(middleclone); rentNode.replaceChild(spannode,middlebit);++count; skip=1;}}else%20if(%20node.nodeType==1&& ildNodes%20&&%20node.tagName.toUpperCase()!=%22SCR IPT%22%20&&%20node.tagName.toUpperCase!=%22STYLE%2 2){for%20(var%20child=0;%20child%20%3C%20node.chil dNodes.length;%20++child){child=child+searchWithin Node(node.childNodes[child],%20te,%20len);}}return%20skip;}window.status=%22S earching%20for%20'%22+text+%22'...%22;searchWithin Node(document.body,%20text.toUpperCase(),%20text.l ength);window.status=%22Found%20%22+count+%22%20oc currence%22+(count==1?%22%22:%22s%22)+%22%20of%20' %22+text+%22'.%22;})();

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Just wondering, why do you need to have that functionality? I'm trying to think of a practical use to have such a plug-in, but I fail to see one. Could you describe the usefulness the plug-in would serve?

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Why wouldn't you use the find feature? It does work a little different, but I think it's the same keys to activate it on Safari as it is in Firefox...

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