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Google Wizards Conjure Google News Links for Web Sites

Users of this latest search tool can customize the appearance of the news bar widget and indicate what searches it should perform on Google News content.

Thomas Claburn

February 20, 2007

1 Min Read

Web site owners can now add a dynamic list of Google News headlines to any Web page, thanks to Google's new Ajax Search Wizard.

Users of this latest search tool can customize the appearance of the news bar widget -- changing its orientation from horizontal to vertical, for example -- and indicate what searches it should perform on Google News content. The Ajax Search Wizard then generates code that can be added to a Web page to make the widget appear when the page is visited.

Beyond its news bar widget, Google also offers Wizards to help create book and video bar widgets, as well as map search and video search widgets.

Google's Wizards let people without significant programming experience use Google's Ajax Search API. However, those with some knowledge of Cascading Style Sheets or Javascript will be able to further customize the look and feel of their Wizard-generated widgets.

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About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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