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An interface to efficiently find items in a long list, typically by typing keywords into a text box.

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Search Vs. Filter- what is the difference

From the view of the user (not from a technical view)- What are the main differences between searching and filtering data, in order to get specific results? i.e.- in both cases the user is looking ...
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Do you need a search button with a search box?

On websites with a search box, should you add a button they can click on, or will users understand a search box like on this site? The target group is not very technical, such as women aged 40-60.
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Is it correct to have categories as filters?

I am currently working on an internal search application where user will be able to search with in the repository. We have categories and authors for segregating different documents. There can be ...
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Should the search box be on the left or the right side

In a web app with a search box in the header - where should the search go, on the left or the right side of the header? What considerations should be taken into account when making this decision? In ...
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Pagination - a thing of the past? [closed]

This article on pagination left me with mixed feelings. Is pagination always a usability issue? Should more sites utilise the 'endless page'? Who's got it right? Twitter? Bing images? Someone else?...
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Usability of hiding the submit button (and using the enter key to submit)

More and more commonly, I find that websites elect to hide or remove the submit button from forms. One obvious example is this site (along with other StackExchange sites), whose search field lacks a ...
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multiple search boxes

I have a proposal in front of me for a government organsiation requesting a review of their search 'interface.' I have warning bells right away from reading one of the requirements: Is there ...
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Back function in (mobile) native apps vs. web apps

I'm currently prototype a search / result workflow for a web app. You search something, click on a result and be able to go back to the search result. Now how do I display that? Do I implement a back-...
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How to combine Suggestions with Filtering in a searchbox?

I got a textfield/combobox for typing a search string (or selecting a recent searchstring). The search results are presented in a list below the box. I also got a textfield for filtering the list. ...
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Hotel Finder by name - should it take you directly to a hotel page if it matches the search, or to the search results page?

Here's the dilemma. To help users quickly find a hotel (the same could be true for a shop finder, pub finder etc) there is a search field on the homepage where they can type the search query. This ...
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Is Google Instant good or bad UX? [closed]

For power users, it clearly saves time in some circumstances. It also jumps around alot and does things that are very different than before. One person said it is like a guy who finishes your ...
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Why is Google's “I'm Feeling Lucky” button still next to the search bar?

I'm sure that Google must put a lot of thought into the display of its homepage. With such a minimalistic design, every element matters. So what's up with the "I'm feeling lucky" button? Why is ...
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Is there a recommended size for search boxes?

Do users change their search patterns if the search is shorter? Do users search less if the search box is too large? The only article I'd found is a 2009 Smashing Magazine article: The [Nielsen] ...
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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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Best way to show search results for different content types

On a website that has different types of content on the same topic, how should this information be displayed after a user searches. Let's say a site's topic is "trees" and the content types are as ...
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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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What is the rationale for the design of search input fields?

Having read through a whole bunch of literature on search behaviour and looking at different design patterns, I am interested in the large variation of search input field on the web. Specifically, I ...
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Filtering results with checkboxes

A colleague of mine and I have had a discussion about filtering with checkboxes on one of our sites. We use a number of checkboxes to allow the user to refine a search, by selecting their areas of ...
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Is there a name for this instant filter search pattern?

I've been trying to find a jQuery plugin which creates behavior similar to that of Stack Exchange user searches. The user search used on Stack Exchange sites is not an auto complete, but is more akin ...
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Best practices for no search results

When no search results are returned, it's often useful to provide users with a productive next instead of a dead end in their journey. It's all very context driven, but here's a few of mine... If ...
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Price sliders vs. range links as a faceted search form element for filtering on price

When comparing a front-end jquery slider widget against a list of links that filter by price range, within the context of faceted searches that reduce the number of items in a catalogue, which of the ...
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Does briefly showing advanced search options on page load increase their use?

Early last year, Jakob Nielsen complained that: In general, we almost never see people use advanced search. And when they do, they typically use it incorrectly — partly because they use it so ...
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Is search a necessary navigation element?

I often have arguments about navigation at work with programmers who think search is a required part of any navigation. I think this is because programmers are advanced computer users who use search a ...
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How to indicate AND and OR in a search form

I am designing a search form where the user has to indicate if the field is required or optional, this will affect the way the query is built. For example if the user marks the field as required, in ...
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Single search box for different types of searched criteria

I have a scenario where users can search for a particular hotel and add it to their private list. Up until now the search was performed on the hotel name, but now there is a request to also search ...
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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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pros and cons of multi search box vs one search box

I have been asked to come up with a search mechanism for a database. The database stores details about electors. Is a multiple search field interface better than a single search field interface? The ...
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Search field with or without a button?

I can see two broad patterns as far as the design of the search field is concerned. One like we see on Google has a button that the user can hit to initiate Search. (They could also hit enter to do so)...
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Unifying Search and Browse

I am working on a part of a website right now. Let's just call it a Map for now. Every user has a map, which displays his or her interests as images in a grid. Quite obviously, the user can add or ...
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Search box must contain at least three letters - how to convey?

We have a system that searches user names. Since the names are encrypted (getting this working was tricky on the back end too), we can't accept an empty search or one with one letter, since that ...
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Search / Advance search on default

I have a client that from a business requirement requests to have 'advance search' as the default search item. The reason being they want to get as much information from the end user as possible. In ...
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How to change our design or content that users open our website when they see the content? [closed]

Maybe the title is not clear; Because the subject is a little special We are well ranked website and our users are really important for us, and we really care about them. We even don't advertise on ...
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Best UI for filtered search with many filtering options as opposed to single text field

What UI provides the best user experience when searching using many filters as opposed to a single text input. For example: I have 15 filters (all optional) that users can filter results by. 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 important is the search box?

I've had this nagging feeling for quite some time that much web development time is wasted in designing and developing search boxes that are never used beyond the developers and testers. With ...
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How to combine search results from multiple sources onto the same results page

I am building a call center tool user interface. The search consolidates results from multiple sources, - approximately 10. There is crossover between the different sources. For example I cannot ...
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Search as you type

Is returning search results while the user is inputting each character good usability practice or a pain in the rear for the user?
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Which is the correct way to implement faceted search filtering: links vs checkboxes?

Is there a difference between implementing filtering options using links (or radio buttons), ie. you can only check one, versus using checkboxes? For example: Youtube uses links, you can only select ...
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Should a “search results” return the number of items found?

Is it recommended to add the number of items found on a search results? In my opinion it is a useful information that gives a quick idea on what you are going to read. Could it be omitted?
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What's a clean way to implement two checkboxes that can be “ANDed” or “ORed”?

I have a pretty standard search form on a web site that will return records based on various criteria. Let's assume each record corresponds with a person. A person can have a dog, a car, neither, or ...
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Amount of Time To Determine a User Has Stopped Typing

I have a filter form for a list. One of the fields is a text search field. When a user types in the field, I wait until the user has stopped typing for a half second (500 milliseconds), and then ...
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Whats the best default for search result sorting?

I'm working on a news search, and I find that sorting by the number of keyword matches tends to produce stale results, but sorting by date tends to produce irrelevant results. How do I strike a ...
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Extensive filtering on search results page

I'm just working on a quite complex interface. There are/will be tons of items in it and there is a massive search feature. Search is filterable just like on Ebay or Amazon etc. Filters are very ...
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Should a search button go on the left or the right of the search box

When considering eye-tracking and the cognitive processes of identifying what an interface element is for, is it better for the button that activates the (often unlabelled) search operation to be on ...
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Design patterns for Search

I know this may sound very generic question, but I am forced to post this to understand different patterns of search. I am working on a content oriented site which contains various types articles/...
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Name of this design pattern for Dynamic Search - easily add/remove/alter criteria

I'm looking for the name of the pattern or technique whereby one can dynamically choose to add, remove, or alter search criteria. I'm thinking it is mostly (if not fully) rule-driven, but I'm not sure ...
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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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To search or not to search?

Having an internal search on a web site takes a lot of effort if you should do it “the right way”. You have to handle case sensitivity, visible results query, misspellings, result matches and ...
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How to use topic maps

Some time ago I found a very interested technology: Topic Maps. It solves to find information and to share knowledge. One of examples of this technology is presented on this site. See "tags", "...
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How do we represent that a search feature has “intelligent” capabilities?

My software company is beginning to implement "intelligent" query capabilities to the usual search boxes for our customers and I think that this necessitates the need to evolve from the old standard ...