I am designing a website where users can enter "assignments":
- Company details
- A project they have worked on with the company
- Their role within the project
For any given assignment, the Company and/or Project may have already been entered by another user.
I would like to implement a combination "Find" and "Create" control.
I think an autocomplete textbox is probably the best search mechanism, as the list of companies could be quite large. If no existing companies match the text entered, a new company will be created.
I'm not sure how to make it clear to the user that they are
- creating a new company, or
- selecting an existing company
Any thoughts on ways to do this?