MKWS: The MasterKey Widget Set

Introduction

This is the MasterKey Widget Set. It provides a way to insert searching and other information-related functionality into existing web pages as small snippets of HTML.

As much of the searching functionality as possible is hosted on http://mkws.indexdata.com/ so that very simple applications such as http://example.indexdata.com/simple.html can have MasterKey searching with minimal effort.

Short Description: 

Easy embedding of our stack for any web UI

Latest version: 

1.0.0

Release date: 

2014-11-11
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