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I propose making a few alterations.
1. Move the "search within" popup menus up to the same level as the "search for". It's a very logical place for them and reads quite well as English: "Search for Words or Verses within every [Verse|Chapter|etc] of [range].
2. remove the word "History" and move it's contents into a search popup icon menu (see image #2) in the search entry window, as is done in Safari. Pull up Safari and look at the Google search pane, to see exactly how it works. It retains all the desired functionality, removes screen clutter, and requires less mouse travel.
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3. Move all the search results entities into the space immediately below the search entry field as show in image #2. With these changes, the top search entry pane uses 33% less vertical screen space. On my PowerBook, that's quite signficant and means I can see that much more scripture.
4. Currently, if you squish the accordance window down to a very narrow horizontal layout, many of the search interface elements disappear, including the "Search for Words or Verses" radio buttons. That means you have to stretch the window out, execute the search, and then scrunch it back down. That's not exactly ideal.
Instead of dropping interface elements into the bit bucket, when the horizontal space doesn't allow enough room for them to display, move them into a popup menu so they are still accessible. In image #3 below, the next interface element to move to the menu should be the bible version you are searching. That way, the most commonly used element (words or verses) is fully visible.
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With this change, you would click on them funny looking gray things and there are all the search and result options that can't fit in the horizontal screen space.
5. The instant details window. It's great, but I can never quite find the right spot for it on my PowerBook screen. If it's at the bottom of the screen, it needs to be large enough to show three lines of text, and wide enough to fit the longest line. This is mandatory, because if you happen to make it too narrow, the results are truncated. If it's too short (vertically), you'll never see the extra lines of text. Worse still, you won't even know they were there as there are no visual cues to inform of you this. At the very least, something should appear that lets the user know more results are available if they resize the window.
I think that instead of having instant results appear in a static window, it would be much nicer to have them displayed on a translucent layer. I'd prefer it immediately below the cursor and pointing to the hot spot, similar to how Apple's Dictionary.app works. For an example, see image #4 or pull up TextEdit and type in a few words. Hold down Command-Control-D and mouse over a word.
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6. Speaking of Dictionary.app, it sure would be nice if the dictionary service provided with Tiger worked in Accordance.
So, now that I've risen a number of rungs up the "how to annoy a programmer" ladder, by critiquing his baby, is there anyone else that thinks these ideas have merit?
Edited by Matt Simerson, 26 September 2005 - 10:39 PM.