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Bug 7113 - Move search box to top of page for mobile devices (per-page?)
Move search box to top of page for mobile devices (per-page?)
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Interface (Other open bugs)
Other other
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Blocks: 1882
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Reported: 2006-08-24 07:37 UTC by Poptarts
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Poptarts 2006-08-24 07:37:16 UTC
1) The search box on the main page should be displayed FIRST for cell phone
users.  IT is currently displayed LAST.  Not only is it very inconvenient to
scroll to the bottom of the page, but some older cell phones could take 10
minutes to load all the different pages of text before they make it to the
bottom.  (I tried the 'jump to search' feature but it didn't do anything on my
OpenWave browser)

2) If wikipedia does not already detect that a user is using a cellphone browser
(such as openwave) then it should send the user their requested pages in a more
cellphone-friendly format.  ( does this very well)
Comment 1 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-08-24 13:01:22 UTC
"Jump to search" will work provided that the search box has actually loaded. 
Since it comes near the end of the source, that may take a while on slow
connections.  Possibly move the navigation bar to the top of the source for the
main page?  That would probably break all kinds of things, though, rendering the
main page differently, and people would want it for portals and stuff too.  The
search box definitely can't be moved to the top by itself without either moving
the entire navigation bar or breaking the current layout, and both appear

So I don't see a solution short of UA sniffing, which would require a reliable
list of mobile UA strings.  Googling a bit gives
and as starting points for that, which needs to
be done anyway to get good display on non-CSS-compliant handhelds.  Once someone
writes up code that will sniff out at least common handhelds, then we can
discuss how to handle the search box for them.

(And Rob, this bug is search-specific.  Bug 1882 is a more general one.)
Comment 2 Brion Vibber 2006-08-29 11:48:29 UTC
There are third-party solutions for this.

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