A couple of years ago, the Firefox design team decided to remove the icon of the currently selected search engine and replaced it with a general magnifying glass icon.
I feel this is utterly irritating and confusing.
I’ve taken courses on how to touch type, so I don’t need to look at what I’m typing. That’s the benefit of touch typing.
Firefox doesn’t support professional typing by having the currently selected search provider’s icon not always visible. The search box’s behavior is not apparent without taking particular action.
Here’s a screencast showing two searches plus a simulated eye tracking cross hair, showing the irritation that’s occuring when performing searches by activating the search box using acceleration keys <CTRL>+<E>, having the search result executed by a search engine that wasn’t expected to run the search query:
Please, bring back the search providers’ icons in favour of the currently used, uninformative magnifying glass icon.