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Solve docs challenges with a search engine
Reducing users’ efforts to get started on your product or to resolve problems is the trick to smooth the learning curve. DocSearch brings relevancy to the fingers of your users.
Respect users efforts
First built to fulfill our own developers' needs, DocSearch quickly evolved as a successful community project. Over the years, the project kept on addressing the complex challenge of search for the open source community.
Speak to all users
DocSearch understands your data, the user input, the context and sends back instantly a fine selection of your content available with less interactions than any other method.
With a design very close to the native experience on mobile, we leverage users acquaintance with the interaction patterns of each OS.
How it works
We scrape your documentation, configure the Algolia application and send you the snippet you'll have to integrate.
We leverage the Algolia Crawler to index every section of your documentation.
You don’t need to configure any settings or even have an Algolia account. We take care of this automatically.
We'll send you a small snippet to integrate DocSearch to your website!
Anatomy of DocSearch
Search is a conversation so we used a modal dialog to ask for information that, when provided, significantly lessen users’ effort to navigate through the results.
All featured search box
The conversation start here: you want to have the state-of-the-art search box to represent your voice. DocSearch comes with our extensive experience in making this search box respects all the best practices.
When displaying the results it's important to get a sense of the documentation structure. DocSearch split your content in small chunks and the UI is returning this information to the user
It looks almost similar to a search input but it’s a button. When you click/touch or use the keyboard shortcut, it opens a modal dropdown and focuses the search input.
Always sized and positioned correctly
The modal experience leverages behavior of most popular Integrated Developement Environements (IDEs) or native experience on mobile. An opaque layer is making sure we keep the context of the documentation but remove all visual pollution.
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Fast & Relevant
Most of our search queries take take less than 20ms to be processed.
Search as you type
Instantly magnify relevant content to your users from the first keystroke, thanks to Algolia speed.
Deliver relevant results, with robust out-of-the-box typo tolerance.
Undertstand how your search performs and ensure that your users are able to find what they’re searching for.
It’s all about keyboards
Once users become familiar with a system they will become better and faster at doing what they need to. DocSearch offers accelerators to experts.
Keyboard Shortcut & Navigation
We aim at keeping the experience as smooth as your interaction with an IDE, which explains the Ctrl+K (⌘+K on macOS) keyboard shortcut to open the search modal.
We have released this version with our best efforts on addressing accessibility issues and we are willing to make further changes. We'd like to work closely with an expert in accessibility. Please contact us if you are interested.