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We upgraded to a new Google search appliance this morning. As a result of changes to the way the Google search appliance works, the default search settings for some VCU sites will need to be updated. The previous Google search appliance would automatically return results in the default template (which was the VCU template); the newer appliance returns results in XML format instead. Unfortunately, I can find no way of reverting to the previous default.

If your website search results are showing up as XML instead of in the VCU search template, you will need to add the following line of code within your search <form>. It should not appear visibly on your site, but will force the search results to appear correctly:

<input type="hidden" name="proxystylesheet" value="default_frontend" />

It needs to go somewhere within the <form> that contains your Google search code; its order within the other elements does not matter.

I’m truly sorry for this oversight on my part. We endeavor to test applications fully before we put them into production, and in this instance we missed a crucial issue. If you have any questions, please email me directly.

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