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GUI

+ - Integrating site search into browser chrome

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manastungare
manastungare writes "Almost all major browsers now have a search box at the top right corner. However, it goes unused a majority of the time the user is already browsing a website. Given the importance of site-specific search to overall website usability, using the browser search box to perform site-specific searches would enhance usability to a large extent. Here is a proposal to integrate site-specific search boxes into browser chrome from a researcher in human-computer interaction from Virginia Tech. Thoughts, comments, and criticism from the Slashdot community are welcome!"
Google

+ - Google Desktop for Mac OS released today

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manastungare
manastungare writes "Google released version 1 of their Google Desktop for Mac today. The primary interface is via an on-screen search box à la QuickSilver, and more results are available via a web UI. It indexes the most common file types and GMail, plus every file type that has a metadata importer for Spotlight. In preliminary tests, search performance was much better than Spotlight, but the app requires administrator privileges to install and run, which is a major setback for an otherwise decent release. It does not include features such as the sidebar or the widgets that the Windows version has."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft India serves Safari broken pages

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manastungare
manastungare writes "A friend pointed me to Microsoft India's Vista Promotion, which I tried to access using Safari on my Mac. I got back a page that contained an infinite redirect loop. Upon changing the user-agent string to MSIE/Windows, the same page loaded with no errors. Microsoft have pulled this trick in the past during the launch of Windows XP (and again, and again). Why do they keep discriminating against browsers that are perfectly capable of handling their content?"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft India serves Safari broken pages

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manastungare
manastungare writes "A friend pointed me to Microsoft India's Vista Promotion, which I tried to access using Safari on my Mac. I got back a page that contained an infinite redirect loop. Upon changing the user-agent string to MSIE/Windows, the same page loaded with no errors. Microsoft have pulled this trick in the past during the launch of Windows XP (and again, and again). Why do they keep discriminating against browsers that are perfectly capable of handling their content?"

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