IE 8 - IP Address Mapping Accelerator

On the ASP.NET forums where I moderate, the poster's IP address is displayed at the bottom of the post. Often I am curious and paste the poster's IP address into an IP locator web page to find out where they are posting from. This was tedious.

Once I installed Internet Explorer 8 and saw what accelerators could do, I decided to write one to do the work for me. It wasn't too hard.

Here is what the accelerator text looks like (it's just an XML file):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<os:openServiceDescription xmlns:os="">
    <os:name>Map IP Address with Info Sniper</os:name>
  <os:activity category="Map">
    <os:activityAction context="selection">
      <os:execute method="get" action="{selection}" />

To install an accelerator, you have to launch it from a web page. This is annoying. I tried to make the URL a local file but that did not work. I ended up with this:

<button id="myButton" 
  Add Info Sniper Accelerator

The button rendered:  


Here is what it looks like in action. Highlight the IP address, right click and…

Here is part of the resulting InfoSniper web page:


If you want to install this accelerator click this button: 

Here are some Microsoft's accelerators:

Here is the Developer's Guide:

I hope someone finds this useful.

Steve Wellens

[Edit] Accelerators are stored here: 

    C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Services


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