Here you find everything about the improved open source software search

With the improved search form you have the possibility to search easily in different areas of the project information. Currently you can choose between the project name, the abstract and the tags. To simplify searching, we have introduced search-badges. You can reach them by typing “/” in the search bar.

Description of the open source software search with slash commands
Description of the open source software search with slash commands

There are different ways to fill the form, depending on your preference.

After typing “/” an auto-complete function is available. You can select an entry with the mouse or the arrow keys. In order not to interrupt your flow of writing, the topmost element of the drop-down list is immediately taken over using the space bar.

Using auto-completion for open source software search
Using auto-completion for open source software search

After you have selected a search badge, you can enter your search term there. By pressing the space bar you jump back to the main search form or using Esc to cancel the search within the search badge.

Delete the search term of the open source software search
Delete the search term of the open source software search

Each search badge can be removed using either the x-button or backspace key.

By clicking on the search-badge you can edit the keyword.

Changing the search term for the open source software search
Changing the search term for the open source software search

Keywords you enter in the main search form directly will be looked up in the project abstract.

You will start the search by pressing Enter or clicking on the search button.

Tip: The all-search-badge is helpful if you are not sure whether you will find anything matching your search term.

To learn more about the different areas of project information, you will find our first article here.