I have code reference site ( QueryPosts.com ) that is largely search-centric and has prominent search form in sticky top bar.
It has been suggested (and I considered it myself before) that search form should be auto-focused on load. This seems to be common for search engines (Google and company) but I think this is uncommon outside of them.
As I see it, pro:
- faster workflow if visitor came to site to search (which is likely for repeated visits in my case)
- unexpected focus after load, I am not sure if it has (m)any negative implications - keyboard navigation in browser comes to mind.
- some browsers blank placeholder text on focus and visitor has no chance to see and read it (there is no place to have it as label in terse location like sticky bar)
Does automatic search focus on load makes sense (outside of search engines) for site that is largely (but not completely) search-centric?