KDE Search Widget
kloecker at kde.org
Wed Jan 19 22:41:27 GMT 2005
On Wednesday 19 January 2005 03:51, Benjamin Meyer wrote:
> On Tuesday 18 January 2005 6:07 pm, Benjamin Meyer wrote:
> > On Tuesday 18 January 2005 10:52 pm, Shaheed wrote:
> > > On Tuesday 18 January 2005 22:05, Benjamin Meyer wrote:
> > > > I noticed that a number of KDE applications have begun to
> > > > sprout simple search capability within the main window/toolbar.
> > > > For example Konq, KMail, KAddressBook and others. It might be
> > > > handy to make a common KDE search widget so that this simple
> > > > search will look consistant across the desktop. Before
> > > > embarking on making one or enhancing one I figured it would be
> > > > wise to solicit suggestions for code already in cvs that would
> > > > be perfect for this.
> > > >
> > > > From looking in kdelibs I see KListViewSearchLine and
> > > > KIconViewSearchLine which look like helper functions for
> > > > ListView and IconView and really should probably inherit from a
> > > > common basic search widget (with the pretty search graphic,
> > > > list saving/restoring, and clear).
> > >
> > > Is KFindDialog what you want (like "find" in konqui)? Or did you
> > > mean more along the lines of the "search" in kmail?
> > Along the lines of the find in Konq. It should be a single drop
> > down widget with an icon* showing that it is search on the left and
> > possibly a clear button on the right when there is text. Simply,
> > clear and can be included in any application. Now of course KMail
> > would then take that basic text widget and then use it for its line
> > edit widget.
> > Another thing that the usability team should probably handle is if
> > the search should go in the toolbars (like konq) or in the window
> > (kmail). The biggest reason I see for having it in the toolbar is:
> > easy ability to hide/show and the search widget typically isn't
> > that wide (see for example konq) and having it be across the whole
> > top/bottom just takes up screen space. Again this isn't something
> > that developers could really decide sense it is a UI thing and the
> > usability team should probably handle it.
> > *The icon is so that it would be instantly recognized and take up
> > almost no space unlike having a text widget that says Search:.
> > -Benjamin Meyer
> Here is an idea for a search widget. The KSearch widget contains two
> widgets, the clear button and the combo box. The combo box supports
> the ability to list different searches or sub searches which the user
> can choose by clicking on the icon.
> The search on the left doesn't have a menu when you click on the
> image while the right does.
> Source and demo application
> So for example KMail rather then having a whole Quick Search line
> would just have this one widget in the toolbar. Rather then having a
> Status drop down box it there would be a dropdown when you click on
> the search image allowing you to specify a specific quick search.
> Clean, takes up not much space and is easy to recognize.
I don't see any advantage over KMail's current Quick Search. In fact I
only see disadvantages. Hide the Status drop down inside the search?
Who is going to find it there? Remove the "Search:" label? Why? And
what if somebody wants two dropdowns additionally to the line edit?
The only thing I agree with is that the Clear button with icon is
preferable to a Clear button with the text "Clear".
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