About the quick search bookmarks in Firefox

Sami Haahtinen ressu at ressukka.net
Tue Apr 11 19:44:40 BST 2006

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Andrew Conkling wrote:
> On 4/11/06, Sami Haahtinen <ressu at ressukka.net> wrote:
>> Maybe the bookmarks should be there for Dapper and we should create a
>> proper patch to hide the keywords from the normal UI and show them only
>> in bookmark manager.
> Then how would a new user find about them?  The description "Type
> 'google <search terms>' in the location bar to perform a Google
> search" makes it pretty clear how they work, and is an important step
> for 'discovering' the QS.

I think the firefox team is focusing on making search box the proper way
to search. Also i don't think that new users that aren't familiar with
QS miss it at all. For non power users searchbox is the way to search.

We could argue about this forever, since there are no real statistics
for something like this. I could argue that the common user doesn't use
mouseover to see the details about a link. And since the description is
not displayed with mouseover, i could further argue that the common user
is as likely to go to bookmark management and see the description there
than they are to check the description elsewhere.

If we want the keywords to be discovered by beginners, the start page
should have the keywords at least mentioned. That should get the
attention of the users. Other than that, it's all the same if they are
removed or hidden for the beginners. people that are familiar with
firefox are able to discover anyway.

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