Hit button for Search

21 Sep 2008 - 10:41pm
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Sachin Ghodke
2008

I am working on a website where the feature "Search" is part of an important
way to navigate through the website. What I want to know is what is the best
button option to use for the "Search". Which of these - "GO" or "magnifying
glass icon" or "arrow" or "FIND" - is the right choice and why? Or do you
have more suggestions on this?

Thank you
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Sachin Ghodke

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21 Sep 2008 - 11:59pm
Sachin Ghodke
2008

More clarification is this - the structure of the search functionality
is -

Search
[text box]

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22 Sep 2008 - 2:10am
Kordian Piotr Klecha
2008

Sachin,

I've read some polish article
(http://ui.blox.pl/2008/08/Search-elementy-wyszukiwarki.html), based
on clicktracking research (about 10^5 clicks counted). Main
conclusions:

1. Users tend to use ENTER instead of clicking any kind of button -
only 9% of searches is started by button.

2. Users use button more often when it's clearly exposed and/or when
search form is more complicated (not just one input).

Other hints just there: http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=33020

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22 Sep 2008 - 1:00am
Harikrishna VP
2008

Hi Sachin,

In such a scenarion i would go for - a pretty big text box followed
by a button labeled "Search" and place these elements in the global
navigational area ie, in the header part.

Awaiting other members' suggestions :)
Regs
hk

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22 Sep 2008 - 12:33am
Shrikant Ekbote
2008

Sachin,
<*the feature "Search" is part of an important way to navigate through the
website*.>
The context is not very clear here. Do you mean that in order to navigate
through the site, user is suppose to first input search criteria and then
navigates further by clicking on the search result. Then the search
functionality has much greater role to play and has to be very robust. The
important issue will be how do you display search results that help users
quickly reach to information s/he is looking for. If your question is only
about naming the button, it depends mainly on the context in which the users
are likely to hit this button and which terms best describes the likely
outcome of this action. Unaware of the context it is difficult to suggest
what will be the correct option.

Regards,
Shrikant Ekbote
Pune, India

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 10:11 AM, Sachin <sachyn.ghodke at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am working on a website where the feature "Search" is part of an
> important
> way to navigate through the website. What I want to know is what is the
> best
> button option to use for the "Search". Which of these - "GO" or "magnifying
> glass icon" or "arrow" or "FIND" - is the right choice and why? Or do you
> have more suggestions on this?
>
> Thank you
> --
> Sachin Ghodke
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22 Sep 2008 - 12:41am
Shrikant Ekbote
2008

Also you may want to refer to another search related thread in this group.

Regards,
Shrikant Ekbote
Pune, India

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 12:03 PM, shrikant ekbote <shrikant.ekbote at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Sachin,
> <*the feature "Search" is part of an important way to navigate through the
> website*.>
> The context is not very clear here. Do you mean that in order to navigate
> through the site, user is suppose to first input search criteria and then
> navigates further by clicking on the search result. Then the search
> functionality has much greater role to play and has to be very robust. The
> important issue will be how do you display search results that help users
> quickly reach to information s/he is looking for. If your question is only
> about naming the button, it depends mainly on the context in which the users
> are likely to hit this button and which terms best describes the likely
> outcome of this action. Unaware of the context it is difficult to suggest
> what will be the correct option.
>
> Regards,
> Shrikant Ekbote
> Pune, India
>
>
>
> On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 10:11 AM, Sachin <sachyn.ghodke at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I am working on a website where the feature "Search" is part of an
>> important
>> way to navigate through the website. What I want to know is what is the
>> best
>> button option to use for the "Search". Which of these - "GO" or
>> "magnifying
>> glass icon" or "arrow" or "FIND" - is the right choice and why? Or do you
>> have more suggestions on this?
>>
>> Thank you
>> --
>> Sachin Ghodke
>> ________________________________________________________________
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22 Sep 2008 - 3:49am
Sachin Ghodke
2008

Hi Hari,

What i was aiming to do was to find an equal importance space besides
the other important navigational elements that i have clubbed
"search" with. I have a heading that says "search" then a text
box below it and then another text which could either be "go" or
"magnifying glass" or "arrow" or "find". But even if i do put
one of these how would it be more helpful or quickly accessible is
what I am being led to believe in this conversation. Of course,
Kordian, does make an important point of user simply hitting enter on
keyboard for a single text entry field. But then if i do put
"Search" and only the text box then the user will be wondering what
his next step of action would be. For me i thought this is where my
question on the specific button comes in. That is why if you do read
this as a sentence it would be "Search" and you shall "Find". Do
these metaphors hold any credence to the way the user behaves with
the information available?

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22 Sep 2008 - 4:10am
Andreas Ringdal
2008

Remember the users are searching, you do not yet know if they are
finding.
Based on the numbers Kordian presented you don't even need a button,
but remember the button is a clear indicator of what the text box is
for, and it draws attention to the search box.

Example of search box without button:
http://thenoisychannel.com/
The search box on that page i discovered by accident when looking for
a comments rss feed.

Andreas

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22 Sep 2008 - 6:02am
Sachin Ghodke
2008

Andreas,

Here I thought that I would use "search" as a guide and "find" as
direction. Does this mean that data is redundant and I should use only
one of the words "search" or "find"?

Also if you can look at IxDA search box it does not have a button to
click too.

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22 Sep 2008 - 7:01am
Sachin Ghodke
2008

Shrikant,

I am using the search to display products (a listing of products).
These are displayed as thumbnails and text underneath them.

Also the user has other options too to reach to where the site
intends him to. This "search" is one of the feature to allow the
user to reach. The users who frequent this site come to search
products related to that particular industry and it is this behavior
that drives the site's navigation criterion.

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