A client of mine suggested an auto-complete field for a certain feature.
He also said the following: if a user is too lazy to type (which might be
true, as power users are
the ones who use the keyboard - or is it?) we should also provide a classic
drop-down box with
all the available options.
Now, my question relates to the usefulness of auto-completes.
Don't you think that the users know that if they click a drop-down box, they
can type in the first letter
of what they are looking for and the browser would select the first option
that starts with that letter for them?
I'm testing this on every browser I've got. I'm on Windows (sadly) and it
works on IE6 IE7, Firefox 3b2,
Firefox 2, Opera 9 and Safari.
You can actually type more than one letter, and the browser will remember
your entire word.
This happens in all listed browsers but IE6. This is actually a bit weird,
and targeted at power
users for sure, because if you let more than, say, half a second between key
strokes, the word
resets and the dropdown jumps tothe letter you are pressing.
So, first question: were you aware of this?
Second question: are normal internet users aware of the first letter option?
As a first insight, earlier I asked my not so tech-savvy life partner, and
she didn't know of either.
(vv should really be kerned :)
If everyone would know about this feature, I really think that
auto-completes would be less useful
in some cases (because they're js and such).