Every shortcut belongs to exactly one namespace. Namespaces allow the same keyword to be used for different shortcuts – according to the user's language, location or personal setup. For instance, while all other users use the keyword "g" for Google, you might use it for something else – with your user namespace.

You recognize namespaces as they are wrapped in a red box containing a link to a list of shortcuts in the given namespace. There are these types of namespaces:

Namespace type Example namespaces Naming convention Contains Example shortcuts
language de en 2 chars, by ISO 639-1 shortcuts related to a particular language English-German dictionary
country deu usa 3 chars, by ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 shortcuts related to a particular country Deutsche Bahn Fahrplanauskunft
user jorges >=4 chars, by the user's name shortcuts the user has defined DB-Auskunft von Zuhause
planet o the shape of the planet (if some day shortcuts for other planets are needed, ø could be used for Saturn) shortcuts unrelated to a language or country Google Web Search

Get a full list of namespaces here.

Uniqueness in a namespace

In a namespace, there can be only one shortcut with the same keyword and the same number of arguments: So in o, there is only one shortcut "g" with one argument, the Google Web Search.

Using namespaces

  without a user account with a user account
Example URLs
(notice the n)
(notice the u)
URL scheme[any namespaces separated with dots]

The first namespace must be a language and the second a country namespace.[any username]
Used namespaces and their priority, given the example URL Based on the personal setup of user "jorges", found in "My account" -> "My namespaces".

Namespace priority

The order of the namespaces sets their priority.

example namespace setting
example query en tree
example result call the English-French dictionary
explanation fr has a higher priority than de, because it appears more on the right side. So the shortcut with the keyword en from fr is used.

Forcing a namespace

You can force to use a certain namespace by prefixing the query with "[namespace].".

example namespace setting
example query de.en tree
example result call the English-German dictionary

Although fr has a higher priority than de, prefixing the query with "de." forced to use the shortcut from de.

The forced namespace can be any namespace.

Default language and default country namespace

Calling the homepage URL without any namespaces will add a default language and a default country namespace.

Namespace type default namespace picked by
language preferred browser language
country user's IP address