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I'm developing a dictionary website, and the aim is to keep things simple and clear for the users.
The dictionary is between two languages. There is a prominent search box in the header with a submit button sayings "Search the dictionary".
I've asked a couple of people to test it out. They all asked "does this search box search both languages?". They're not sure that if they type in an English word, that it will search for the translation in the other language. Or if they type in a word in the other language that they English translation will be found. (The answer is yes, it searches both directions.)
How would you suggest making it clear that a search box will search both languages?
- An info box popping up when they click on the form? (Hopefully not)
- Somehow exmplain it with the submit button text?
- ... A simpler but clear solution?
As a sample of one my personal preference as a user is a single text field for the search term, and two submit buttons - one with the button text "translate to language a", the other "translate to language b".
Wordy, and takes space, but the things I like: