It's just based on anecdotal evidence, but I don't think that people understand that "Add engines..." will allow them to add additional search plugins. I think the word "engine" may not be obvious to everyone. We should make this feature more obvious by changing the label to something like "Add searches" or "More search tools..." or maybe "Add search engines...". Even in the context of search, I'm not sure that everyone understands that an "engine" is a "search site like Google or Yahoo".
I have created a patch which simply changes the add engines text to add search engines. If need be someone should check this, but I don't think it should be checked much?
Jacob Keller, please check that your patch hasn't bit-rotted, then ask for review. Thanks, Prog.
Component from "General" >>> "Find Toolbar/Fastfind" Severity from "normal" >>> "trivial"
Severity: normal → trivial
Component: General → Find Toolbar / FastFind
Assignee: bugs → nobody
Component: Find Toolbar / FastFind → Search
QA Contact: search
I agree that "add engines" is somewhat confusing.
I was thinking about this today, I think when people think of 'Search Engines' they think of dedicated search sites such as Google or Yahoo. People don't think about Amazon or IMDB in this category. So perhaps a more appropriate nomenclature would be 'Add Site Searches' as this could incorporate both types of aforementioned sited.
There's an incoming patch for bug 235204 which will create a document-modal dialog to act as Web Search in cases where the web search tool is missing from chrome (either toolbars are hidden or it was removed from the toolbar). Based on discussions in IRC, as well as this bug, that dialog has "Add Search Engines" which was felt to be the best current terminology for the function. Users will really be looking for words to the effect of "add types of searches", and I think they'll take to "Search Engine" pretty easily. It's also how we refer to it in all our docs right now. If that patch lands, then this one really should, too, for the sake of consistency within our search UI. Thus, until someone slaps me, I'm saying that this bug blocks that one :)
(In reply to comment #5) > I was thinking about this today, I think when people think of 'Search Engines' > they think of dedicated search sites such as Google or Yahoo. People don't think > about Amazon or IMDB in this category. So perhaps a more appropriate > nomenclature would be 'Add Site Searches' as this could incorporate both types > of aforementioned sited. How about "More searches..."?
Bug 232272 will fix this ("Manage search engines...").
Depends on: 232272
Summary: rename "Add engines..." to "Add searches..." or something more descriptive → rename "Add Engines..." to "Add Searches..." or something more descriptive
The final wording is "Manage Search Engines".
Assignee: steffen.wilberg → nobody
Status: ASSIGNED → NEW
Fixed by bug 232272.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Whiteboard: [l10n impact]
Target Milestone: --- → Firefox 2 alpha2
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