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Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, February 20, 2007
12 years ago4,174 views

I don't like to have so many button's everywhere. I think links would be better than buttons.

Stuk [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Nice, idea, however:
It would be better to have the buttons as links, then people could middle-click all the engines they would like to use. The only reason for using buttons is to make it compatable for people who have disabled JavaScript (making it submit as a form), but at the moment even this isn't exploited, as the buttons just execute JavaScript!

Also the JavaScript currently used for the onMouseOver effects could be replaced with some simple CSS.

It would also be nice if left floated DIVs were used instead of a table. This way when the window is resized they would automatically flow to all remain on screen and maintain their width.

And after all that, as a rather minor point, if the page is specified as XHTML 1.0 Transitional, it might as well /slightly/ validate: validator.w3.org/check?verbose ...

Overall: A for idea, C- for implementation.

Joe Whyte [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Interesting

wjp [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It seems okay – but somewhat redundant given sites like ihound.com and crossengine.com. The former provides, imho, a much better experience and the latter has more depth.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ouch. Ihound doesn't even use form labels:
blogoscoped.com/archive/2005-0 ...

CrossEngine works nice though...

wjp [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Doesn't even use form labels? Are you kidding – compared to Mr. Query I cannot believe you think that matters. Either of these provide in excess of what Mr. Query offers imo.

Brian Mingus [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This is a pretty lame website. I clicked on "All" and it opened FIVE new browser windows. Are you kidding me?

This would be an innovative Web 2.0 interface if it asynchronously performed your query using APIs and scraping and then updated the page you are currently viewing. If you click "All" then it should quietly perform your search on each engine and show you the results.

Dogpile.com has been doing this for years.

Let me give the author of this website a hint: NEVER open a new browser window or tab. It's just bad form.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Wjp, yes I think using checkbox labels matters, because clicking the tiny checkbox squares is low usability. This was not meant in any way to suggest that this is a reason to use Mr. Query instead, though.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

There is a typo included to UI too.
See Financial section and The Motely Fool.
It should be The Motley Fool... ;-)

oded [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Juha-Matti Laurio – done, thanks!

oded [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

10x everyone, I'm working on your suggestions, do you have some suggestions about the Search providers or slogans?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Personally I'd love to have a Creative Commons search there (to find free-to-share content, like certain Flickr images). You can check my multi-search gadget to find search query URLs for those...
google.com/ig/add?moduleurl=ht ...

oded [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

added "free to use", thanks Philipp.
Any other suggestions? one more column to go...
Discussion also welcomed on the mrquery wiki: editthis.info/mrquery

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