Combining input and search field

11 May 2008 - 10:10am
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Abdul-Rahman Advany
2008

Hey,

I am creating a webapplications where users can add suggestions. I am using
one field for both input and search.

Here is the prototype: http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/5808/gif1tl5.gif

1. User is asked to input a suggestion
2. During input relevant suggestions are searched and given to the user
3. User can either choose to vote or to suggest

However its currently not clear that the field also functions as a search
field... can you simplify this somehow?

I was thinking to change the question to What would you like to suggest (or
search)?

or change the button to "Search or Suggest"

Hope you guys have some tips (or references to research on using one field
for two types of actions)

Greets,

--
Abdul-Rahman Advany

IM: abdulrahman at advany.com

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11 May 2008 - 5:05pm
djetsa
2008

Hey Abdul-Rahman,

I would recommend del.icio.us tags system as a reference or something like:

Your suggestion:
+------------------------------------------------+ +---------+
¦type your suggestion here ¦ ¦ add ¦

+------------------------------------------------+ +---------+

We found those topics that looks similar to your suggestion. Would you like to use one of them?

(just click the topic and hit the button "add")

- suggestion topic 1

- suggestion topic 2

Clicking the topic on the list would add its text to the input field and the add button would add a vote to the database.

Otherwise, the typed text would be added as a new register.

Or something like Safari's url input field auto-complete:

Your suggestion:

+------------------------------------------------+ +---------+

¦suggestion topic 1 ¦ ¦ add ¦

+------------------------------------------------+ +---------+

¦suggestion topic 1 ¦^¦

¦suggestion topic 2 ¦ ¦

¦suggestion topic 3 ¦v¦

+------------------------------------------------+

In this case, the found suggestions auto-complete the input box (the
typed text is in bold, the auto-completed in regular weight)

If the users keeps typing a different topic than those already found, it is added as a new suggestion.

If the user choses a topic that already exists it is added as a vote.

I prefer the 2nd one that keeps the flow in just one block on the interface, but admit that it's trickier to implement :)

Ricardo Grzeca

> Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 17:10:25 +0200
> From: abdulrahman at advany.com
> To: discuss at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Combining input and search field
>
> Hey,
>
> I am creating a webapplications where users can add suggestions. I am using
> one field for both input and search.
>
> Here is the prototype: http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/5808/gif1tl5.gif
>
> 1. User is asked to input a suggestion
> 2. During input relevant suggestions are searched and given to the user
> 3. User can either choose to vote or to suggest
>
> However its currently not clear that the field also functions as a search
> field... can you simplify this somehow?
>
> I was thinking to change the question to What would you like to suggest (or
> search)?
>
> or change the button to "Search or Suggest"
>
> Hope you guys have some tips (or references to research on using one field
> for two types of actions)
>
> Greets,
>
> --
> Abdul-Rahman Advany
>
> IM: abdulrahman at advany.com
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11 May 2008 - 2:51pm
Paul Eisen
2007

Abdul-Rahman Advany asked:
> 1. User is asked to input a suggestion
> 2. During input relevant suggestions are searched and given to the
user
> 3. User can either choose to vote or to suggest

However its currently not clear that the field also functions as a
search
field... can you simplify this somehow?

My thoughts on this:
It's not necessary to call out search as an action. Why? Because the
user is not explicitly searching; they are just suggesting. The search
is a background system function, invoked as a way to help interpret the
input.

A suggestion: If a close match to the user input is found, the system
response can be something to the effect of, "Thanks for your suggestion.
You told us 'ABC'. Others have said 'abc'. Select one of the following
to submit your input:
[Radio button] 'abc' is essentially the same as my suggestion
[Radio button] I'm suggesting "ABC" as a new alternative
[Push buttons] Submit; Back or Cancel (depending on the interaction
model)

Pardon the coarse wording; could definitely use some cleanup. Other
thoughts?

Paul Eisen
Principal User Experience Architect
tandemseven

416.840.4447 office/mobile
peisen at tandemseven.com
http://www.tandemseven.com

11 May 2008 - 6:20pm
gabefriedman
2007

I like the autocomplete idea, but not in the input field itself. Is
this possible:

* user types into input field

* "search results" appear below field as they type, each w/a button
("vote" or whatever terminology they're expecting); short text
above these lines re: "we found these similar ideas" etc...

*below input field (above 'search results) is a "use this" (or...)
button for the user's idea.

Since "suggestions" aren't as controlled as keywords,
autocompleting sentences might lead to user frustration. Better, if
feasible, to allow them to control the input field but offer, as
described above, suggestions for similar idea.

Implementation - that's another matter!

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11 May 2008 - 11:00pm
ShahW
2008

Hi Mike,

I think what you are looking for has been implemented on current apple.com
site. The moment you do enter a 'keyword(s)', a search result panel appears
below with a list of possible matches categorized by products/support/etc.

cheers

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I like the autocomplete idea, but not in the input field itself. Is
this possible:

* user types into input field

* "search results" appear below field as they type, each w/a button
("vote" or whatever terminology they're expecting); short text
above these lines re: "we found these similar ideas" etc...

*below input field (above 'search results) is a "use this" (or...)
button for the user's idea.

Since "suggestions" aren't as controlled as keywords,
autocompleting sentences might lead to user frustration. Better, if
feasible, to allow them to control the input field but offer, as
described above, suggestions for similar idea.

Implementation - that's another matter!

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