New answers tagged search-results
I would recommend implementing an autofilter search box with match-highlighting and checkboxes for directory/database filters: You could have the filter automatically update the list of contacts displayed in case someone typed a name and forgot to select a directory or selected the wrong directory. It will prevent them from having to redo the name entry ...
As you deal with regular user, try to combine both contacts and full directory in one tab, and change the title of the forms with some familiar one such : ---------------------------------------------- Message __________ Recent | More | --------------- -------------------- ________________ ...
With 5000+ contacts you'll want additional filtering control. Depending on culture and country, lots of people can have First and Last names that are similar. How about: [First name] [Last name] [Directory]
personally I would go for Option 2 - initially limiting the number of results per area (to for e.g. 5) but adding a link next to the area (or at the bottom) that says something like "... see more" which would then limit the result to the specified area.
I'm not sure if it's necessary for your application, but Google give this notification:
If your user turns off instant search or you do not offer it, the user will expect the search results to not change until they submit the search form again. I would therefore prefer not to change the style or content of the search results page. Also: The user who edited the search string will (likely) be aware of the discrepancy with the search results ...
A simple way would be to alter the framing of the input box, i.e. thick lines for "changed" text, thin lines for "old" text after searching. Another idea: Add "Search results for ..." between the input box and the results. That makes it clear even for printed and saved pages.
If you still want to display the placeholder colour when it is not selectable, you could display the colours in a different format, here are two quickly mocked-up variations. By displaying the name of the colour and a sample, you can easily display to users all of the information you outlined above. This design also may benefit people with seeing ...
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