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A Quick Example of "issp_builder"
In this example, we've used "issp_builder" to create a Sherlock plug-in for the US Government's "National Parks Service" web site as it appeared on August 28, 2000.
The download contains a more detailed version of this example.

Here's the output from the program "issp_builder"

# Sherlock Plug-in for website: -- <website name here> --
# Built: Monday, August 28, 2000 6:31:49 PM using isspBuilder by The PowerSearcher!
name = "Define a name for search input"
description = "Write a description for search input"
# bannerImage='<IMG SRC="">'
# bannerLink = ""
<INPUT TYPE="radio" NAME="rq" VALUE="0" CHECKED onclick="seek1SetCols(true)">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="col" VALUE="nps">
<INPUT TYPE="radio" NAME="rq" VALUE="2" onclick="seek1SetCols(false)">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="qp" VALUE="">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="qs" VALUE="">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="qc" VALUE="">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="pw" VALUE="100%">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="ws" VALUE="0">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="la" VALUE="">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="qm" VALUE="0">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="st" VALUE="1">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="nh" VALUE="10">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="lk" VALUE="1">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="rf" VALUE="0">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="oq" VALUE="">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="rq" VALUE="0">
<INPUT TYPE="submit" NAME="Submit" VALUE=" seek ">
# -- Format the search output here --
# bannerStart=""
# bannerEnd=""
# resultListStart=""
# resultItemStart=""
# relevanceStart=""
# relevanceEnd=""
# resultItemEnd=""
# resultListEnd=""
# --- end of plug-in ---

This output isn't quite a Sherlock Plug-in: You need to modify some of the lines.
These lines have been color-coded to make them easier to recognize.

Color Legend:

Red =

A line that you removed, or "commented out".

Green =

A line that you modified for the plug-in to function at all.
The plug-in will not work unless it is modified!

Blue =

A line that you modified to make the plug-in work or look better.
The plug-in would still work even if you didn't modify these lines.

After you've modified it, the finished Sherlock Plug-in looks like this:

# Sherlock Plug-in for website: -- US National Parks Service --
# Built: Friday, July 28, 2000 9:13:26 AM using isspBuilder
# Written for the outdoors-loving Mac faithful by The PowerSearcher!
name = "Nat'l Parks Service: Simple Search"
# name="seek1">
description = "Simple search of the NPS. Supports +/- operators, phrases & proper names."
bannerImage='<IMG SRC="">'
bannerLink = ""
<input type=radio name=rq value=0 checked onclick="seek1SetCols(true)">
<input type=hidden name=col value="nps">
<input type=radio name=rq value=2 onclick="seek1SetCols(false)">
<input type=hidden name=qp value="">
<input type=text name=qt size=50 user maxlength=2033>
<input type=hidden name=qs value="">
<input type=hidden name=qc value="">
<input type=hidden name=pw value="100%">
<input type=hidden name=ws value="0">
<input type=hidden name=la value="">
<input type=hidden name=qm value="0">
<input type=hidden name=st value="1">
<input type=hidden name=nh value="10">
<input type=hidden name=lk value="1">
<input type=hidden name=rf value="0">
<input type=hidden name=oq value="">
<input type=hidden name=rq value="0">
<input type=submit value=" seek ">
# -- Format the search output here --
# bannerStart=""
# bannerEnd=""
resultListStart="Results for:"
# resultListEnd=""
# --- end of plug-in ---

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