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Safari in iPhone OS 2.2

John Gruber:

To make better use of the available space in the location field, Safari no longer shows the “http://” or “https://” protocol scheme. You do see the protocol scheme, however, when you tap the location field to edit the URL…But it’s hidden, sort of like file name extensions in the Mac OS X Finder, in the normal display view.

I agree that, at least if you know what the magnifying glass means, the new search field is a waste of space. What I don’t understand is why the reload button is now inside the location field. The × button inside a search field makes sense because you’re clearing the field, but the reload button applies to the page.

Update: Jesper adds:

…if you’re editing, there’s a white cross in a grey circle in the right end of the URL field that means “empty the text field”, and when a page is loading, there’s a UI teal cross in the right end of the URL field that means “stop the page from loading”.

5 Comments

Yes, the reload button pertains to the page — for which the key is the URL in the location field.

Fred Blasdel: The key?

I suppose he means that where ever you are, the most palpable representation of the page in the navigation bar is the address, since hey, it's the address.

I propose that the lone button looked weird in any other place, including between the two fields (which I suppose it still is).

Well, who needs a reload button anyway? Particularly when you have an AppStore full of Twitter clients?

Michael: It's the key in a key:value pair.

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