Remove the separate searchbar as an option

Bug #735840 reported by Daniel Fore on 2011-03-16
This bug affects 17 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Midori Web Browser

Bug Description

At present time there is only one thing the separate searchbar does that the URLBar does not: allow you to quickly switch engines by clicking the magnifying glass icon. With that exception, it is a superior experience in every way.

Removing the searchbar from Midori would automatically close the following bugs:

And it would do so in a way that makes Midori's code simpler and not more complex while taking less time to implement. It would also allow a larger dropdown for autocomplete suggestions, and a larger urlbar in general. As such, I think we should remove the separate searchbar as an option from Midori.

Michael Moroni (airon90) on 2011-03-17
Changed in midori:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
tags: added: searchbar
Daniel Fore (danrabbit) on 2011-03-19
description: updated
i (iiiiii-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

You can easily remove the search bar enabling the 'customize toolbar' extension.

Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :

Yes, but that extension can't close bugs in Midori. Removing the separate searchbar cleans up Midori's code, closes these bugs, and is one less use case to have to support/test/worry about.

i (iiiiii-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

No need to be angry.

All these bugs are about taste and as such they're correctly called 'wishlists'.
Some could be called controversial at least, like I think most people (me including) find obviously helpful to have the search engine's icon showing in the searchbar.
Another personal taste of mine is the 'new tab' button placement in Midori. It's been there since earlier versions and I always felt it very intuitive and notwithstanding that you asked for the back/forward buttons to be there and someone else asked for that button to be in the tab bar...

Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :

Not angry, just stating the reasoning behind the report and the desire for a change in design.

Building an application isn't just about what works technically, you have to take into account users that don't necessarily understand your intent with the application (and for some developers you have to understand what your intent with the application actually is). The reasoning behind changing the icon in that particular report has to do with feature discovery. Not everyone knows you can click that icon to get more options. Having the type of engine hinted in the field and changing that icon helps a user to not only understand what that field does in the immediate term, but also helps a user understand what that field is *capable* of doing.

It's not about personal tastes at all, it's about creating a better browsing experience (and in this case, also helping make Midori more maintainable for it's developers) ;)

Daniel Fore (danrabbit) on 2011-05-04
description: updated

how are the optional modules structures in midori's code? can we put the search bar in that segregated group, and offer an option to compile/install those modules (what i'm asking is, i'm not sure when you disable/enable your module, it's actually getting un-installed).

Eduard Gotwig (gotwig) wrote :

In elementary Luna, the searchbar is included in the URL bar, dont know if that has to do with midori for Ubuntu 11.10.

Changed in elementaryos:
status: New → Fix Released
Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :

Gotwig, please don't mark something as released when it's not.

Changed in elementaryos:
status: Fix Released → Fix Committed
Changed in elementaryos:
status: Fix Committed → Invalid
summary: - Remove the separate searchbar as an option in Midori
+ Remove the separate searchbar as an option
Eduard Gotwig (gotwig) wrote :

to do this, you simply need to change the configuration file of midori, just remove the line/the code with the searchbar from the configuration file. That did Jupiter, too.

Cody Garver (codygarver) on 2013-04-20
Changed in midori:
status: New → Incomplete
no longer affects: elementaryos
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for Midori because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in midori:
status: Incomplete → Expired
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