Ah. So this was the reason for "Petit" Google search. I guess I can live with it for the most part... As Husse said, the searches themselves are not different (just confirmed this myself as well).
But if it is absolutely
necessary to have separate engine for Google and Google image, could we at least have different favicon for the search bar to visually indicate which plugin is currently being used?
I know that when the field is empty, it will show the name of the search engine, but that's only useful until a cursor lands on it. Also, once you run a search using the search bar, your last entry on it remains - so you have to remember which one you had set it to last from that point onward.
On top of that, I don't use the mouse to access the search bar - I simply hit Ctrl+K and start entering without really looking, so it's very easy for me to get it mixed up. Would it be possible to modify the Google image favicon slightly so that the users know which one is being used all the time, or is that against the Goggle's policies as well?
P.S. The backspace thing may be useful for those used to Windows and IE... But I thought that was one of the most annoying "features" of IE - I would be typing something on the web form, misplace the cursor (usually by accidentally hitting tab or clicking elsewhere on the page) and hit delete and lose whatever I was writing. If anyone wants to set its behavior differently, read this article.http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.backspace_action