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Autocomplete involves the program predicting a word or phrase that the user wants to type in without the user actually typing it in completely

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When should you start autocompleting a search in autocomplete search field?

We're implementing an Autocomplete search field on a website we're working on. However the question arises: At what point should you start showing the autocomplete results? download bmml source &...
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Delay on keystroke when search as you type

I'm deploying an instant search on my Windows app. At the first implementation, when the user types a key, the search engine makes a query and returns the results. I thought that that wasn't too ...
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Is missing match in autocomplete feature counter-intuitive?

Our application provides a way for administrators to authenticate as a specific user. It provides a text field to type a username you want to authenticate. When you type 4 letters or more the ...
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Guidelines for autocomplete widgets

What guidelines exist when working with autocomplete widgets? I'm hoping for general guidelines that apply across different application types: web, desktop, and mobile. A response to a Search as you ...
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How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?

We developed an invitation widget that autocompletes names based on who the user follows on Twitter. It is also possible to invite anybody, but I feel like this design makes it look like you 'must' ...
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Is it ok to change the (US) address input field order in favor of a pre-fill feature?

I am working on an international site that requires the user to enter his postal address. I am wondering if it makes sense to have a slightly different order of input fields in favor of a time saving ...
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Handling Autocomplete when User Presses Enter

I have a simple JQuery Autocomplete with a list from the database. My question is not of technical nature, but of usability. How do you respond to a user pressing the Enter key when the search key is ...
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How to tell the user that an input box is autocomplete-enabled?

Is there a good graphical sign which tells the user that a particular field on the page is autocomplete enabled? For instance, the field name says "Document author". When you start typing in that ...
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Replacing all interaction in a complex UI with a single input field: Do successful implementations exist?

Main questions Can you provide examples of implementations that implement the suggested solution below? If yes, what are the benefits and drawbacks, especially as reported by users? As the SE ...
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How fast does autocomplete need to be for a good user experience? [duplicate]

Has there been any study into how quickly autocomplete suggestions need to show up for a good user experience?
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Effectiveness of suggested answers on forums, like Stack Exchange

Is there data or research on how effective suggested answers are in preventing people from asking duplicate questions on online forums and Q&A sites? While some people make an effort to search, ...
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How to indicate a text field is autocomplete capable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to tell the user that an input box is autocomplete-enabled? Has anyone come across any kind of visual indicator that suggests a text field will autocomplete? Anything that ...
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Does Google filter on auto suggestion to avoid causing offence?

I've discovered that Google removes auto suggestion for some phrases on their service. For example try googling: women should men should women are men are The auto suggestions will disappear after ...
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Autocomplete no results behaviour

First, a bit of background: I am using autocomplete to provide suggestions (in my case a list of users) to provide tokenized input to a text field: download bmml source – Wireframes created ...
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Natural language and autocompletion

I'm currently working on an m-commerce app project. I would like to implement a "natural search" like this one : I am totally new to this approach and I can't find a way to mix it with a "classic" ...
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Auto-suggest confuses users; How do I improve it?

I wanted to get some ideas on how a problem like this might be avoided. A mobile app (android, ios) that I work on uses a local sqllite DB to power an auto-suggest feature on the search screen. The ...
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Should I use javascript cookies in lieu of autofill where autofill is unreliable?

Autofill is a good option for users who don't have an account. But it seems that how browsers determine how they'll implement autofill information varies. I'm not surprised of course. In Chrome, it's ...
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Ideas for A-Z pickers

I've been asked to come up with a 'course picker' that lets a student find a course. One alternative is to have a text box in which the student enters the first three letters of the course and a look-...
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What is the recommended minimum characters limit for auto-complete/filter?

We would like to provide our tables with generic search field that will filter entries where at least one of the columns contains the input text. We also think of providing auto-completion for this ...
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Should I change how a list is displayed based on number of options?

In a web application I work on, I have been asked to change an existing 'Owner' field from being free-form to accept only predefined values from a list. Sometimes that list can be manually configured ...
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Address Autocomplete - Shouldn't city come before street?

Most address forms in e-commerce (or anywhere) look like this: The street always comes before the city/postal code. I guess that's simply because that's what we're used to. The accepted answert to ...
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What is a reason for using both autocomplete and suggestion features?

This pattern is best shown when searching on Google. When a user starts typing (in this case stack), four suggestions show up on a dropdown list below but also, at the same time, the one that is at ...
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Minimum length of characters for an autocomplete search input

I'm in the process of creating an a search input for restaurants with autocomplete. I was wondering if it would be best for me to require a minimum amount of characters before returning suggested ...
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Automatically limiting or correcting numeric input field values

The application interface I am working on has a slider to select a number, but offers a text input field next to it. This allows you to read the currently selected value, but also supports keyboard ...
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What's the best way to select a suburb from a large list on a mobile device?

I need the user to select the suburb that they live in. It's no good just entering any old text, it has to match one of the suburbs in my database. My current implementation is an auto-complete text ...
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Will users scroll the autocomplete results on a mobile device?

I am working on search functionality for a mobile website. We are using a drop down list of smart auto complete suggestions so that the user won't have to type as much. In this case, a travel app, the ...
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List autocomplete delete/edit behaviour

I am not sure what these widgets are called, but they are the ones used to assigned tags to questions on SE and appear in webmail apps such as GMail and Hotmail as well: If someone could chime in and ...
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Autocomplete returns more than X records

I have read How many items in a web form drop down is too many?. I almost agree with Vitaly's answer: no more than 30 (X) items in a drop down. So if auto-complete request returns more than X records, ...
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How to provide autocomplete and autosuggest on the same search box at the same time

In this article, Tony Russell-Rose explains autocomplete and autosuggest, and the differences between them. Any thoughts on how to apply both to the one search box and the one time? Any examples or ...
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How to force a user to choose from suggestions by typing

In auto-complete input fields, the suggestions are usually optional, but the user can type whatever he wants. I want to force the user to choose from the suggested list. The best option I can think ...
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Autocomplete: How to display minimum characters

I've joined you especially for this question :-) Our web-based system has a search for person names that is heavily used - so heavily that we have run into performance issues. The search uses jQuery ...
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Inputting addresses using autocomplete

I have a web application where the user will need to fill many addresses (a few users entering the addresses of other people). It uses autocomplete to speed things up and to reduce duplication (the ...
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Search Behavior Best Practices for “type ahead” and "near matches'

I'm working on a user directory widget for a B2B app. The search function is the most important part of the widget. Currently we showing the type-ahead results after 2 characters (So The user types "...
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Instant auto complete/search on thousands of results

I am working on an enterprise application for maintenance software. The task I am designing for currently includes a drop-down selection form field for the user to select an asset or vehicle that they ...
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Should search display results by default or should users land on an empty page?

We are currently redesigning employee search for a web app and we are debating whether the search page should display some employee records by default or not. In my opinion displaying a portion of ...
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Normal select box vs autocomplete widget UX wise

Was wondering is anyone had experience dealing with autocomplete widget vs using a select box when you got 100-200-300 items in the select box. I think the general consensus is that the autocomplete ...
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Need feedback on how to design a web-based search for books, authors or isbn

We have tens of thousands of authors in the database and there are sometimes over 100 books published by a single author. Each specific type of book is uniquely identified by ISBN. I want to create a ...
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Autocomplete Search takes you directly to product

A user enters text in a search box and a list of autocomplete options appear. The user clicks on one of these suggestions. Should they be sent straight to that product's page, or should they be sent ...
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Autocomplete / Typeahead / Find As You Type widget usability on mobile

I'm wondering if anyone has a good solution for the following scenario. In a Web App I'm working on users can type "freeform" in a text field that has an AJAX Autocomplete list "drop down" provided ...
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Address Autocomplete: Manual or Autocomplete

We are currently under going a re-design in a a sign up process for getting your house connected to electricity and natural gas. The first step asks you to enter your address in a number of fields as ...
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Typeahead / Autocomplete graceful degradation

Consider the case when the user is asked to select one item from a fixed list. If the list contains more than a dozen items, an autocomplete / typeahead type widget has proven itself to be very user-...
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Autocomplete on mobile browsers for username fields

I'm looking for useful advice on whether autocomplete should be disabled or not on mobile browsers specifically for inputs in a username field. I already have: <input type="email" name="signin-...
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Why do some sites block autocomplete on emails?

As a regular and frequent online shopper I have noticed that quite a few sites switch off autocomplete on email fields. For me this doesn't make too much sense, I am more likely to make a mistake ...
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How to analyze quality of data to be used in an autosuggest or autocomplete?

How does one review and analyze the underlying data set for an autosuggest in order to know what mitigating choices to take with the autosuggest UX? I am concerned there may be problems in a data set ...
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position of lens icon in auto suggest field

Can some one suggest which is the best place for keeping lens icon for auto suggest/ auto complete field from usability point of view? I have seen most of the sites keeping it on the right side of the ...
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what is the best way to have an autocomplete at the bottom of a webpage

I have a webapp, and it has a list of items at the bottom of the page. The last item is a textbox with autocomplete. So the text box is right at the bottom of the page. I want the textbox to do ...
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Are there any up-to-date works reporting how efficient word prediction and spelling correction systems are in terms of user experience?

I'm looking for both methods for measuring efficiency of such systems, and any empirical studies which I can use as an evidence to convince investors. For example: 25% of Android users use word ...
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How many search suggestion should I display?

On my e-commerce site, we are implementing search suggestion to help users find their products quicker. Most sites displays 10 suggestions but my teammate is suggesting 5. From the UX perspective, ...
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Search auto complete / suggestions usage

Does anybody have any statistics as to how many people end up selecting an auto-suggestion versus typing their own search phrase when performing a search online with auto-suggestion capabilities? (...
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What intent does the Tab key convey?

My particular case is an autocomplete dropdown, but this goes for the general use case too: what does the user intend when they hit Tab? Is it merely to leave the current field, or to deliberately ...