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Submissions/A Search Box that Follows You

From Wikimania 2010 • Gdańsk, Poland • July 9-11, 2010


This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.

Title of the submission
The Search Box that Follows You
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
David Grogan
E-mail address or username (if username, please confirm email address in Special:Preferences)
Country of origin
United States of America
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)
I propose that the search box, the field where one enters search terms, should scroll along the left side of the page as the viewer of the page scrolls down. This would make it easier for someone viewing a page to enter search terms, if they wanted to search for something else. With articles that are particularly long, such as the article about the Human, it would be tedious to scroll to the top of the page to search for another article. With the search bar that scrolls down with the page, it would be easy to move the mouse to the left of the page, click, and type their search term. I have seen this type of scrolling with advertisements on other websites. If you scrolled down, the advertisement would follow. I am not sure if this could be done with the search box, but it looks like it could be done. It would make the lives of students, teachers and employees easier, since they would be able to search faster than before. I thank you for your time, and for considering my proposal.
Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted? No
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