Search User Interfaces is Shipping!

October 4th, 2009 by marti | 7 Comments »

I’ve heard from colleagues that they are receiving their copies of the physical book in the mail from Amazon. If you’ve been waiting to order a copy until it is in stock, procrastinate no longer! And of course I encourage people to write a review on Amazon and other sites.
Order here


  1. Greg Linden says:

    Hey, Marti, just a heads up that the “Order Here” link currently is broken. Thought you’d want to know.

  2. marti says:

    Thanks, Greg. That’s what I get for using the WYSIWYG editor rather than typing in html directly. I’ve fixed it.

  3. NilsR says:

    awesome, just ordered it. Do you also answer this question that has been bugging me and i haven’t seen in the online version yet: “is it better to have 2 than 1 searbox for queries that state a WHAT and WHERE phrase?” local search likes…


  4. Marti says:

    In some cases it is useful to have multiple search forms for refining fields (so user can indicate, say, both location and restaurant type) as long as either one is optional. This is sometimes referred to as scoped search.
    I discuss this in Section 4.2 in the chapter on Query Specification.

  5. Marti says:

    There is another example that has two search forms, rather than a search form and a drop-down menu, in Chapter 1, taken from zvents. In the text I focus on zvents’ use of faceted navigation but I also wanted to illustrate its well-done use of scoped search as well. Here is the figure:

    zvents image showing two search forms supporting scoped search

  6. Allan Grohe says:

    My copy arrived about 2 weeks ago, but I haven’t made time to read it in earnest yet, Marti, but I will soon! (Perhaps while on my way out to SJC the beginning of next month).


  7. Marti says:

    Allan, thank you for ordering a copy! I hope you find it useful.

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