Questions tagged [search]

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

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Multiple input boxes on a search form - And/Or Functionality

I am looking at redesigning a search form, which has multiple cases of ‘And/Or’ in between 6 different input boxes. So a user must enter at least 1 piece of search criteria, but may enter up to 7 if ...
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Searching for items that include/exclude an attribute

I have a list of items. These items have 1 or more colors (black, red, green or any combination of the three). The user wants to filter the item on color. For example, show only the items that: ...
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Search Icon vs Search Input Box - Both Require One Click/Touch: Which to use?

I'm working on a mobile site of a rather large site. There are quite a few iA and navigation hurdles already, so I'm pushing to use a search icon instead of a traditional search input box. My ...
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Which is more appropriate from a user centric design for html search input.

Say I wanted to allow users to search on account numbers with the following format. 0000-00-0000 Is is better to have a single field for entry [___________________] or is it better to create 3 text ...
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Should you display partial search results if an exact match exists?

I have an app that allows the user to search for specific services. If the user searches for a particular service that is 100% keyword match would it be confusing if we displayed the exact match at ...
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Search filtering (all vs. selected areas)

This is the part of our advanced search screen for searching the documents: It works like this: if the "Search in documents containing any language" is selected and users clicks on a check-box then ...
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Should the search box always be placed in the upper right corner?

I placed the search box close to the results, so the user knows he is searching within the results and not globally. Is this a good approach?
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When designing (UX/IA) a property search system what are some important things to remember?

I'm designing the UX for a property search system. The platform is FSIS. I am basically looking for best practices in doing a Faceted Search while being able to incorporate many refiners based off the ...
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Optimal page content for search page with no query?

When a user navigates to a search page, but no query has been given yet, what should be put where the search results normally go? Are there any best practices? I've seen both blank page content (...
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How to provide a visual indication that user needs to enter at least a few characters before an ajax search begins?

We have a large amount of users (e.g. a couple of millions) and we would like to start searching only after the user types in 2 characters or more. What visual indication can be provided to users in ...
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Flight comparison websites 'delaying' search results?

Is it true that price comparison websites, particularly flight comparison websites 'delay' the search results of price information so users feel that the search is comprehensive? Otherwise what is ...
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Is there a name for the pattern of a categorized autocomplete?

Lately, I've noticed that Facebook search presents it's autocomplete options as a nice categorized list: However, I'm uncertain what to call this pattern. It reminds me a bit of what Peter Morville ...
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Ratio of search vs. browse on consumer web sites

Where can one find referenceable stats or industry research which highlights the percentage of users who search vs. browse on consumer web sites. Are there any known studies in this area?
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One button for two actions

I have a comparison site. On the landing page there are two text boxes which are used for products to be compared, and a button to trigger "compare". If a visitor fills these two boxes, products are ...
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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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Would an “around” search token make any sense?

Have u seen Mac OS X's search tokens? The Finder includes tokens—a smart way to filter your searches. When you select a suggestion, a token is created. Instantly your search is filtered, and you ...
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What are the Benefits/Risks of Unobtrusive Global Search until active pattern (Facebook, Apple)?

Apple and Facebook recently implemented a darkening of their global search inputs until focused. Apple's default short input width - widening on focus is also interesting. My first assumption is ...
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Two search bars on the same page or combination?

The main use of my site is video browsing. There is a search bar in the nav to search for videos. My site also has a photo section. I need to add search functionality on the photo section. I'm torn ...
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Substring search vs Starting letter search

In a website I have a large number of products. In the search page user can find the product by searching at the top of the page. I can search in two methods. When user starts typing I can return ...
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Search Panel and Search Results when adding a new entry

I've screen with search panel on the left and search results on the right (results are displayed when user sets search criteria and presses "Search"). I also have 'Add Good' button on the right, which ...
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Is displaying search bar in Search Result/Error 404 page redundant (when it's already on sidebar/header)?

Is it redundant to display the search bar on Search Result or Error 404 page again when the website already has it on the sidebar/side navigation or on header? I've always felt it's kind of redundant ...
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Is there a term for the “auto search” that Google Instant utilizes?

Is there an official term for the automatic search that Google Instant uses once you stop typing for about 1 second? This is also used on UX.SE when searching for a user. I am looking to add this into ...
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Simple implementation for search operators (Begins with, Contains, = etc.)

Wanted to get your input on different methods for implementing these sort of operators for search fields. I've seen it done mostly by adding an extra dropdown option before each field with these ...
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Starting Instant Search as you type

This is something I've implemented in a Game Library application, the ability to type a letter or a number and have the search box go instantly into focus and search through your library as you type. ...
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wildcard * representations for non technical user (delimiter synonyms)

So what I am looking for is a way to represent a wildcard or * delimiter for non technical users that possibly may not need an explanation. i.e. If a user wants to search for EJ-205, EJ - 205, EJ ...
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Whats the design rationale behind putting the pagination of the bottom end of the search results?

If you look at the search results provided by Google and Bing,they have their pagination right at the bottom (after all the search results in a page are displayed) I was just wondering about the ...
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How to interpret vague date input in a search query

This is a follow-up to this question Would an "around" search token make any sense? If someone is performing a search by date would having an "around" this date feature be useful, and if so,...
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Should I use multiple search inputs or make the user search multiple times?

I am creating a tool where the user can create their own client groups. I will present them with a list of their clients and they can complete a search to find family members, and then use ...
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Search techniques to find related clients in a database

I am looking for a FE search technique that an agent user can use to find related clients (family members) within a database of their clients. A new product is being launched with an option where ...
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Should I provide a button in case users don't think to press enter? [duplicate]

On my site I have a search bar like this: The user types something in and presses enter. There is nothing they can click on to submit the search. I could make the icon on the right clickable but it ...
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Search Results in a TreeTable

I Have a TreeTable where groups of itens are organized by categories, as you can see on the image bellow. What is the best approach to present the list of results taking into account that is ...
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usability of search form [duplicate]

I have been asked to review a search form This is the default view for a search engine on a web application. This approach is more like an advanced search and it jars with me. I am told that this is ...
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Need examples/suggestions for search and add if not exists feature

We are implementing a functionality in our iPhone app. The functionality is that - - User searches for his/her school or college - If the school/college exists in our database we show them This can ...
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Why do some users try the wrong box for searching?

Something I have noticed with website users is a tendency to go for the first obvious text entry box on a screen when intending to search for something. Generally the users in question are of the ...
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“Find” or “Search” to display a list of results

Before displaying a table of results on a page I first require the user to select some options from some dropdowns. I have a button after the dropdowns which when clicked/tapped will work out which ...