Firefox/Projects/Always have option to Add Search

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Sprint lead: ryan
Sprinters: gavin, faaborg

Instead of showing a notification when OpenSearch plugins are available on a page, always have an option in the SearchBar to add a search plugin. When no OpenSearch is available, create a keyword search or use Google Site Specific search.

Goals / Use Cases

  • Always provide the ability to add a search engine for a specific site
  • Remove plugin auto-discovery and indicators during page load
  • If an engine isn't available create a plugin using a configurable default search engine (i.e. Google; using their site: query)
    • Possibly search the content for input[@type="search"] and use that to create the engine

Non Goals

  • Automatically installing/caching engines discovered on the web (à la chrome)


  • Menu item in the engine menu to allow a site specific search to be added permanently