Make search results a tab in the IDE
Is there any reason why the search results can't be made into a regular tab in the IDE, just like Source, Errors, etc.? Often I find I want to keep the search results window around for a bit, but it's a pain to have it floating in front of my workspace. It's also the only part of the IDE that seems to stick out in an ugly way from the rest of the design.
David C commented
I meant Lucene, not ElasticSearch.
David C commented
This is still a major bummer in the Windows IDE. I would recommend making search a full tab, implementing ElasticSearch, and showing results as a html. This would not be difficult to implement as ElasticSearch is very well documented and easy to setup. The HTML results wouldn't need a designer to make it look "nice".
Mike Gentry commented
I was using the Windows version when I logged this, way back when, so yes.
Adminemshort (Admin, Inform 7) commented
This has been extensively overhauled for the Mac IDE forthcoming. Is it also a concern with Windows?
The search window should be either a tab in the IDE window, or a floating window with tabs for each search result. Many times I find myself having the need for multiple search results open, however having them float around and have to be moved quite a bit. Totally needs to be rethought and implemented as part of a more complete solution.
I think this also ties into http://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/867093-ide-manual-let-me-search-for-two-related-words-i?ref=title and several other requested search improvements that could/should be done as part of a search overhaul.
A separate search tab would be a nice convenient place to put advanced search options such as AND/OR (as requested in the link above) and perhaps NOT, regular expressions, etc. That would leave the "old" search box as quick shortcut for common basic searches.
AdminAaronReed (Admin, Inform 7) commented
This would tie into another suggestion about it being hard to parse search results because the context is so small: http://inform7.uservoice.com/forums/57320-general/suggestions/867091-ide-manual-don-t-truncate-search-results-so-much?ref=title
With a whole tab, each result could have multiple lines of context, Google-style.