The Mycroft Project provides a collection of search plugins for web browsers. The open source project is hosted at The Open Source Lab and has been in existence since 2000. The project is named after Mycroft Holmes, the fictional older, smarter, and less ambitious brother of Sherlock Holmes, as a reference to Mycroft being based on Apple Computer's Sherlock search technology.
Search plugins on Mycroft are compatible with the following:
A search plug-in provides the ability to access a search engine (or other websites with a search feature, e.g. Wikipedia) from a web browser, without having to go to its website first.
Technically, a search plug-in is a small text file that 'tells' a computer what information to send to a search engine and how the results are to be retrieved.
Browser independent search
Search plugins on Mycroft can also be used through different user interfaces, bypassing the browser. One example is the free Linux software Gnome-do.