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


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

  • 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
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 15:53
  • 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
    Commented Dec 17, 2009 at 11:34

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?)

  • 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
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 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). Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 6:27

That sounds like it would be useful.

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

  • 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
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 4:47

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