we got heavily modified oscommerce web shop and need some stuff enhanced , specially the search options.
My idea was to add rows in the categories for adding the options like color, material, etc, and to have those in search page on front as options to search, like filters.
it would be much better than the possibility to create attributes ,
So user can than select category, color,
[url removed, login to view] is example of such an search option in dropdown, but best is to use ajax of course, only we need it in search page and on the product listing view or left side to narrow the views.
and ...if you are proven to be skilled oscommerce programmer, i got much more work for you