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8. The eBay API > 105. Create a Split-Pane Search Tool

Create a Split-Pane Search Tool

Replace eBay’s search page with a framed version that makes it easier to go through a large number of search results in a short time.

The JavaScript solution in “Open Search Results in a New Window” [Hack #16] works, but it does so by hacking into existing search results pages. A better solution is to use the API to create a custom search tool.

This hack uses frames to list search results and individual listings side-by side. First, set up your frames:

     <frameset cols="20%,80%" frameborder=no> 
		<frame src="http://your.server/cgi-bin/search.pl" name="search">			<frame src="http://my.ebay.com/ws/ebayISAPI.dll?MyeBay" name="listing">
     </frameset>

Save this into a file called framesearch.html.


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