About the quick search bookmarks in Firefox

Lei Ming ming.lei at oracle.com
Wed Apr 12 02:37:58 BST 2006

On Tue, 2006-04-11 at 19:02 +0300, Sami Haahtinen wrote:
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> I must say that since the SB arrived i've never used QS keywords. I do a
> lot of searches and i hardly ever touch the mouse. This might be more of
> a case where the keyboard shortcuts should be more visible somewhere.
> TIP: Did you know that you can change the search target with ctrl-up and
> ctrl-down.
How can beginners know these shortcuts? It's hidden in the manual.
Beginners still need to point and click. And to me the real problem
seems that this kind of linear searching don't scale well. By default
there are eight search targets in the list, it's already inefficient to
find a specific target. Is there a way to change the default order of
the targets? I don't know. And it's not easy to remove a target,
especially a built-in target.
Also, as I said in my first mail, the search box is too small. I think
it would be much better if the size of the location box and the search
box can change dynamically. When the user focus on the search box, it
expand itself and the location box shrink itself. I don't know if this
is difficult to implement.
> What does the quote keyword do? it's rather simple to make the
> equivalent for the search box if there isn't one already.
> > F It's easier to add new entries to the QS than to the SB.
> This is a matter of point & click vs. bookmark & edit.
> Even though i haven't used QS, i think it might be best if they were
> available. The only problem is that beginners can easily get confused by
> the bookmarks, when clicked on the bookmark will appear as broken.
> (unless the website is able to handle the broken URL).
> 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.
Is it possible to combine the quick search bookmarks and the search box?
Something like what the Opera browser does. Each target (or only the
popular targets) has a keyword and users can use that keyword in
location box, just like using the quick search bookmarks keywords. We
don't need to list them in the bookmark folder. If the search box is the
future, I hope it can work in this way.
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