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Make the search box handheld-device friendly

Today as I was waking up I thought of a question to search for on Stack Overflow, and grabbed my Zune HD that was on my night stand. I typed my query in the search box and hit "Done" (Zune HD's way of quitting the text-entry mode). Nothing happened. I searched for a "Search" button, but none was found. This left me unable to search on my Zune HD.

So I recommend adding a search button (I envision an arrow in a box to the right of the search box) so that platforms without an Enter key (such as the Zune HD) can effectively use Stack Overflow.

Thanks, Brian

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Any updates? This is still an issue. –  HalfBrian Nov 16 '09 at 5:30
    
waaaat? I only got 9 upvotes, damnit. meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/26382/… –  Won't Mar 27 '10 at 19:28
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marked as duplicate by Jeff Atwood Mar 16 '10 at 7:32

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Can you enter the search URL manually in to the Zune browser? For example:

http://meta.stackoverflow.com/search?q=zune

You might also want to look at this question - Make the search box handheld-device friendly - which is tagged as status-declined.

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Hmm, this question is an exact duplicate but can't be closed because of the bounty. Maybe a moderator will take care of it. –  mmyers Dec 11 '09 at 15:53
    
You could just accept my answer. That would take care of it. :-) –  Dave Webb Dec 15 '09 at 9:19
    
Excellent tip! And sorry about the dupe, I searched for dupes (on my desktop, not my Zune) but didn't find anything. Go get yourself something nice with the points. :-D –  HalfBrian Dec 17 '09 at 11:34
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Perhaps make the little magnifying glass clickable, that way it doesn't require a change to the layout, or adding a new element. New users might not find it readily, though, but it's not a feature that many people need. (doesn't the zune HD have a virtual keyboard with an enter key?)

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You mean the magnifying glass, and I agree it would not be very apparent. And no, the Zune HD does not have an Enter key on the on-screen keyboard. –  HalfBrian Dec 11 '09 at 4:46
    
you could alter the coloration or do a highlight-on-mouseover to indicate it's clickable. or stick it on the right-hand side of the textarea instead of the left ("go" buttons tend to be on the right for left-to-right languages). –  quack quixote Dec 11 '09 at 6:27
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That sounds like it would be useful.

You could also try downloading a better text entry tool, like this one.

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The problem is on a Zune HD, and thus I can't download an on-screen keyboard, I'm stuck with the one pre-loaded on the Zune. –  HalfBrian Dec 11 '09 at 4:47
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