Text entered into the location bar may be used to search against several sources of information:
- Page Title
- Bookmark Title
- Page text (time permitting)
Here are several potential user interfaces for search.
Location Bar: Grey/Black highlighting
- Favicons on the left visually differentiate sites
- Bookmark names take the place of page titles
- Stars at the right side of results list indicate if the page is bookmarked or not, matching the location of the star in the location bar.
Location Bar: Color Background highlighting, new URL formatting
- The relationship between the user's search and the provided results is displayed by highlighting the matching text.
- This doesn't seem like enough information to choose the correct site, especially when choosing pages out of history. Should we essentially build a local search engine and show full pages of results in the content area?
- Alternate design with stars superimposed over the favicon
Tag Results in the Location Bar (A)
- If the user selects the tag (in this case "lolcats"), and hits enter, a couple different things could potentially happen:
-The bookmarks sidebar could open displaying every page with that tag (easy)
-The content area could navigate to a generated search results page displaying every page with the tag. Complete with thumbnail images and apple-esque reflections (hard)
Tag Results in the Location Bar (B)
- Once matched, the tag is listed along with all of the pages that have this particular tag. Pressing down moves through the list, as usual.
I'm pretty sure that in a a lot of cases this isn't going to be enough information for the user to select a page, but it removes the intermediary step.