[whatwg] Safari-compatible <input type="search">

Andy Lyttle whatwg at phroggy.com
Tue Sep 30 15:46:12 PDT 2008

On Sep 30, 2008, at 2:55 PM, Christoph Päper wrote:

> The magnifying glass was a particularly poor choice by Apple[1],  
> because icons featuring one usually represent zooming (in).  
> Binoculars are (for some reason) more common as symbols for  
> searches. Eyes and spectacles OTOH most often represent visibility.
> Anyhow, the appearance of this or other types of |input| should not  
> be specified by HTML5 / WF2+.

Of course browsers could choose what the icon should look like;  
binoculars aren't a bad choice (although I think you're wrong about  
them being more common than a magnifying glass these days).  The key  
is that the browser gives some sort of non-text indication to the  
user about the purpose of the field, in a platform-appropriate way.

Andy Lyttle
whatwg at phroggy.com

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