Ivaylo Valkov (Ивайло Вълков)

Ecphoneme - a browser addon for faster searches

Ivaylo Valkov (Ивайло Вълков) at

I'm proud to announce my first Firefox addon Ecphoneme. It was inspired by DuckDuckGo !bang commands. For a first release it supports only few websites that I (might) use.

Of course it is free software (GNU Affero GPL v3 or later). Hosted at Gitorious and Mozilla addon pages. Any feedback is welcomed.

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@Jacob Barkdull Anyhow, even if it really doesn't bring something new, I now know how to work with Mozilla addon SDK. :)

Ivaylo Valkov (Ивайло Вълков) at 2014-10-14T06:22:25Z

@Jacob Barkdull Somebody at Trisquel mailing list suggested similar approach with search engine extensions keywords. Is that what you've meant?

Ivaylo Valkov (Ивайло Вълков) at 2014-10-14T06:36:18Z

@Ivaylo Valkov The trick is having nothing but "%s" after "?search_query=".

It might be easier to just add YouTube to your Firefox's search, if it isn't already, and then go to "Manage Search Engines..." select YouTube and click "Edit Keyword..." make the keyword !yp.

Then entering "!yp mickey my friend" will kick you to YouTube results containing an awesome remix.

If you're having trouble getting it to work, others probably do too, that alone is a good enough reason for your extension to exist :-]

Jacob Barkdull at 2014-10-14T07:44:27Z

@Ivaylo Valkov Wait, an even easier way to do it, just right click any search input form and click "Add a Keyword for this Search..." and it will do all of the necessary work for you.

I didn't know that, very cool!


I use this feature a lot, for example a have a quick search bookmark for Google Translate.

I bookmarked: http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&text=%s

With the keyword: trans

When I need to translate a phrase like "Kühles Kind!", a language I don't understand, I can simply enter "trans Kühles Kind!" and go directly to the Detect Language to English Google translation.

So the search extensions keywords aren't the only way to get the functionality, like TildeHash.com doesn't have a search extension, but I have a quick search bookmark for it, myself.

Jacob Barkdull at 2014-10-14T08:04:00Z