[whatwg] native styling for search input boxes

Leons Petrazickis leons.petrazickis at gmail.com
Wed Oct 1 12:57:16 PDT 2008

On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 1:04 PM, Kristof Zelechovski
<giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl> wrote:
> Please give some examples how the special status of a search field can be
> used by user agents, presentation aside.
> (I am not trying to challenge Matthew's argument, I am just interested).
> Chris

Firefox, IE8, and several other browsers allows for search provider
autodiscovery. When they encounter a site with a specific <link> tag,
their searchbox dropdown lights up, denoting that the site can be
added as a permanent search target.


A special search field could also integrate with this facility in a
more automatic and natural way. Any site with marked-up search field
could be considered a search provider.


Leons Petrazickis

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