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Re: browse select text, text at point

From: Deniz Dogan
Subject: Re: browse select text, text at point
Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2011 21:59:32 +0200
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On 2011-07-06 19:35, Andreas Röhler wrote:
Am 06.07.2011 15:43, schrieb Deniz Dogan:
On 2011-07-06 14:19, address@hidden wrote:

I am wondering whether anyone in the group knows a package that will
accomplish the following:
- I am on a word, say "limousine", by pressing a keystroke I can browse
this word in google (or a chosen search engine) with my default browser,
- I have selected a region of text and I want to search that text in my
default browser.

Any ideas as to how to most effectively accomplish this? Downloading a
packaged would be ideal, but I am willing to try my hand at elisp.


Something like this should google the word at point.

(defun google-word-at-point ()
(let ((word (thing-at-point 'word)))
(if word
(funcall browse-url-browser-function
(concat ""; word))
(error "No word at point!"))))

You can either call this using M-x google-word-at-point RET or bind it
to a suitable key:

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c g") 'google-word-at-point)

You could extend the function `google-word-at-point' further to check if
`use-region-p' returns non-nil and if so use the region as the "word".

Hope that helps,

Interesting, but get an 404 error.

That's because the URL is wrong of course. :) I couldn't bother finding the right querystring to use. This seems to work though:

(concat "";
        (url-hexify-string "Hello there"))


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