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I solved it in the following way - I've included category as part of the page title. Thank you all for your insights.


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In this case if you list the specialities in alphabetic order, it should be just good. Alphabetic order is one of the earliest method of ordering things and still works great. The cognitive strategy of the user will be: quickly locate the first letter of my specialisation (2/3 seconds), then accurately find it in a little subset of labels (additional 2/3 ...


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In this case, the user is a doctor and they exactly know what's their specialty. So you can use a list box with a form field to search. If screen space is limited use a dropdown with a form field. For more research details, read this article: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/listbox-dropdown/


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Consider a combo box with autocomplete. The user likely doesn't need to depend on browsing a dropdown list to find their specialty, but the dropdown will help in case the term they want to use is slightly different from the system's. When an invalid value is entered, the user can see something like "No Options". They can then try another value, or ...


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