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I wonder if the writer literally means right handed or positioned on the right. I think positioning on the right is indeed because more people are right handed. The left or right handed of icon itself is irrellevant I think.


I think it's mainly practical- when working with the smallest icons (say 16 x 16) it would take up too much space/too many pixels to orient the glass vertically, so by tilting it you can show more detail (bigger lens and bigger handle). As to the bias towards right handed, I do think that reflects the bias in the population.


As bigger players use symbols to mean certain things then it starts to become a standard. Find/search is not yet a standard from what I can tell. In the Microsoft standard to the right is magnify and to the left is search. Guidelines for Segoe UI Symbol icons


I don't think your assumption "handle is always pointing right" is quite true. ;-) An icon is simply a representation of an action, and there's no "universal standard" regarding the visual appearance they should have... Bing search icon: Google search icon: Search result for "magnifying glass icon":


It's called Annotated Scrollbar. See definition and 5 different usage examples from Quince. Scrollbar markers are another variation on this pattern.


This is called "Find on Page." I can't speak to improving it as it does set the expectation of where it could be. Perhaps on the left, there is an excerpt instead of markers like in MS Word?


I think that this approach would provide the most control: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


I think you can have both worlds in the scenario you described. First, add the "choose location" as optional input box when searching. Insert it near the search field so that it will be seen, but don't require the user to fill it. Then, if location wasn't entered and user searched - he may receive too much irrelevant results. Then you can have a helper text ...


The multiple search tools has considerable disadvantages: New users may not know where to go to search for what Repeatability of a search scenario will first mean that the returning user identifies which search tool to use One solution would be to improve the search input to inform users that they are searching for products, brick and mortar location, ...


Both - start with the singular search box, then add Advanced search interface if there is enough budget left. For Power Users, it should be possible to type advanced queries in the original search box as well, once they learn the syntax - so the advanced interface should automatically update the original box for people to be able to learn by practice..


Have you considered moving the map, rather than moving the "pin"? Scrolling a map is a common action in most map applications, if you keep the reticule static and move the map underneath it, the user can target their desired position. The text in the box should update as the user scrolls. This might allow you to get away with no additional help messaging. ...


Here is my solution - crosshair. Map can be moved but selected location is obvious. Screenshot is a few years old, hence Android 2.x maps and widgets.


Just to think outside the box I've decided to paste a radical suggestion to this, as I have called it "map-tap" problem :) Imagine if a low opacity touch gesture image appeared over the map either for a few seconds and then disappear or it would stay there, lingering like a ghost, hinting to the user what to do. When a user taps the map it would disappear. ...


You could de-emphasize the search field, e.g. by not showing it by default. Just say "Choose a location" in the head of the screen, and have a magnifying glass button that pops up the search field for people who want to enter an address. Something like this: Even if you don't go with this approach, you might want to adjust your text sizes and wording. ...


Spell it out to the user. You don't want to leave them guessing so I would recommend you add a simple addition to your UI. Note the change of language in the search box. By saying choose location you are more or less saying "do it here", whereby now it is clear it is just one of two options.


Since users are likely to see the entry form first, how about using the placeholder text for this? "Enter location or just pick from map ..."


If I understand your question correctly, you're trying to learn the user's inbound search terms and tailor your content accordingly, correct? You used to be able to do this by looking at inbound search terms from Google, but as of 2013, Google encrypted almost all searches so that it's no longer possible. It's a boon for privacy, but a defeat of a large ...

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