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No. For the user to actively specify a color, then see colors which do not match their specification risks confusion and a lack of confidence in the accuracy of the tool. An alternative would be to add a sub-category of "Unspecified". If you want to do something really interesting, crowd-source the data in the Unspecified category and ask users to say what ...


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Some sites have "near miss" matches after their exact matches. If a user has exhausted everything precisely matching their criteria but is still looking, there's a clear line and an explanation that this is the end of the results, then "near misses" sorted by how close to matching they are.. "Unspecified" would rank higher in this formula than "specified ...


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Your solutions (both of them) are quite reasonable and can be used together. Showing the best matches at the top is best when almost always the desired result is in the top few. User research will tell you if you should show the top 1, 2, 3, 5, or whatever. You can add a link to the best matches that jumps the user down into the document-ordered search ...


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Are your users more familiar with SQL syntax or search engine syntax? If there's a strong leaning one way or the other, there's your answer.


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What is your interface? Are users entering SQL SELECT statements directly? If so, you should use % and _ because they're part of the SQL standard, and the user is expecting standard SQL. Are users entering search terms into an application, which is incidentally using an SQL database as its search backend? In this case, use * and ? as your wildcards, ...


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Invision Power Board has a dropdown next to Search Bar, it is simple and understandable. If you click on the drop down, it will give you option how far do you want to search.


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Reddit has a good pattern for this exact problem, which I would suggest you use. I've found it to work quite well. If you're not on the main page of the site, search starts off as a simple search bar. But once it's active it expands to offer a simple checkbox to limit your search to the current section of the site.


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I identified two approaches: 1. Make a list of the 3 best matches at the top of the page, redirecting to the elements in context This technique you’re referring to is called “Best bets”, and can take many shapes and form. BBC used this on their search page before but have for some reason taken it away. But in your case, I think it’s a good idea. ...


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The solution I've seen is to not use a fixed grid, but a set of fields as required. Each condition has its own row, containing the necessary fields. Since every operator needs one value, one value field is always visible. When the user selects "between", a second field is added for this row only. I have no specific testing results supporting or ...


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As for why SQL changed? This is just my guess select * from table The * means all columns and they did not want to use * for two things Second I think you would search for a literal * more often than % Let's say you pick % for the wildcard If they enter a * then display a warning message Reminder in productname % is the wildcard - not * or ...


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Short term: As a stopgap solution, I would say it should be listed in all colour based queries with additional information attached such as "colour unknown: Contact owner for details", Assuming no information on colour is available via images for example! As for the longer term you need to get hold of this information in order to provide users with a better ...


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Here is how Google handles between in Analytics. Using only less than, greater than and AND, between is easy to achieve. With Include/Exclude you could also select the values not between two values. There is also "equals" selection in the operator dropdown also. So every operator visible in your picture should be available with the Google way. It only ...


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What about showing all of the options in a list that supports drag and drop? Also, I imagine this will allow you more flexibility on the back end since you're not obligating yourself with the verbiage "must have". Users just rank their amenity preferences overall. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups If you really ...


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I would suggest to check the following question: Input field - Select multiple items from a very large list It does look like tree/tree table (2), Miller columns (5) and optionally single list solution with navigation based on bread-crumbs (6) might solve the problem you have.


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Some general computer-literate folks would assume * and ? and database-literate folks would assume % and _ and the general public would assume the computer is smart enough to read your mind and that you don't need a trailing wildcard to match. So, here is where on-screen help text (always visible) is needed. Last Name _________ (Use % to match zero or ...


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I would use "Search offices..." The search icon() is fairly universal and gives a visual cue as to what the text area is without first having to scan to the end of the text area to see a button. The text content (Search offices) is a clear explanation of the action to be taken. The ellipsis (...) indicates that there is something more to do there which ...



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