a comment on the blog post Tell us what you think: Font size settings
2 years and 4 months ago
Yes! I use it!
For mobile, it's really nice to have, as I find the "Normal" setting much too large (I like tiny fonts). On desktop, I use it, but I suppose I could easily whip up a CSS stylesheet to tweak it.
I like it the way it is, and I highly recommend that people set up multiple profiles if desired.
Here's what my DDG looks like on desktop:
...and on mobile:
Thanks again for the excellent customizability!
a comment on the General Rambling Would it be possible to implement an option to toggle the "highlight query" function when pressing "h" to select the search bar?
3 years and 4 days ago
I use keyboard control and either when I select with my Vim-control extension, or press "h" to select the search bar on the DDG page, it highlights all of the text.
Usually, the only reason I am selecting the bar is because I want to add a word or two to narrow my search, or specify a !bang. It would be nice to have an option to place the cursor either at the beginning or the end (preferably the end) of the query, without the text highlighting, when selecting the search bar with the keyboard control.
Either this could be a togglable behaviour, or one could simply press Ctrl + a to highlight all of the text. This is already default in most if not all browsers).
Note that the mouse seems to work fine for placing only the cursor, but I would rather use the keyboard, without the extra step of moving from homerow to tap an arrow key - an uncomfortable and inefficient movement that promotes RSI when repeated very often (I have done this motion *thousands* of times adopting DDG as my default search engine, and it's starting to add up and cause me pain).
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling Is it too early to start using DDG as your only search engine?
3 years and 4 days ago
I would like to echo the !bangs suggestion. Honestly, just make a list of "specialist" sites that you use for certain types of searches. You don't have to stop using Google altogether because you use DDG as well. !g pipes your results directly through to Google, and permits you to keep all of the power of !bangs at your fingertips (assuming you have DDG set to default search engine, for ease of use. Often there is a specific site that will treat your search better than google (I often see people using Google to access a third party site consistently; for example, searching a movie title on google when they mean to find it on Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB. "<title> !rt" or "<title> !imdb" is much more efficient).
I've been using DDG as my default search engine for two years now. A few months in, I sat down in front of the !bangs page and made a list of ones to memorize, written on post-it notes. I had written perhaps seventy of them. I stuck those on my monitor bevel, and glanced at them when I needed a reminder. No cheating! Learn by doing.
Now, I have about fifty !bangs that I use very often, almost daily, and many more that I know and can use when necessary. Suuuuper handy. Also, unlike "keyword search" in firefox (great feature!!!), !bangs are universal; they will work on any computer without importing browser settings, great if you use strange machines often, such as in a library or a friend's laptop.
If you have privacy concerns (as you should), but still want to take advantage of Google's admittedly advanced (well-funded!!) search algorithm, try !sp or !spi (Startpage and Startpage images): Startpage pipes your query into Google, but "asks for you" so that google doesn't aquire any information about you, and doesn't trap you in a "bubble" (tailored search results based on your personal search history).
Happy quacking! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have.
a comment on the General Rambling Reassignable keyboard navigation keys
3 years and 4 months ago
I have been using DDG for two years, and I love it!
I have run into a small problem though: I use keyboard navigation all the time (excellent feature), and I like how it's bound to the home row under Qwerty, but I'm currently switching my keyboard layout to Colemak.
This jumbles up all of the keyboard navigation keys. Is there a way to reassign the keys?
I'm looking for either a way to do it on the site, or perhaps a client-side solution. I plan to carry around a USB stick with a portable colemak layout program so that I may use other peoples' computers with my layout.
I know there are others who use alternative keyboard layouts and would appreciate this feature too.
Thanks in advance!