General usability guidelines states users expect a search feature to contain besides the search field, a button labeled "search". Looking at recent designs of search, the button is disappearing. These lack the search button.
All Apple search, i.e. apple.com, Spotlight and iOS. They have a clear button. On iOS, the keyboard provides a search button.
Google Chrome. The address bar functions as a search and is activated by pressing Enter.
I'm wondering if anyone knows of a precedent for a certain pattern
in a physical interface, such as a control panel or remote control.
The challenge is that a particular control panel design has multiple
states; in a given state, some functions are available while other
functions are unavailable. I'm considering a pattern in which each
button lights up when it's active/available and gets dark when it's
There are certainly many devices with buttons that light up in order
to reflect the on/off state of a particular feature (e.g.
I found myself in a bit of a debate over the use of
icons, and would like to be able to cite empirical
data. Unfortunately I haven't located much
literature. Can anyone refer me to research that
compares icons with text buttons?
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