Type ahead vs. auto fill

9 Jul 2009 - 1:34pm
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Janna
2008

Working on a report and curious about the groups feedback. Is there a
difference in definitions for Type Ahead and Auto Fill? Are they
fully interchangeable?

Thanks!
Janna
www.thirdbrainstudio.com

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9 Jul 2009 - 3:30pm
Sarah Weise
2009

Typically, auto fill is when you type into a open-ended search box
(google, for example) and it automatically guesses what you want to
say as you type.

Type ahead works slightly differently. Go to Endless.com, Click on
"Womens", then start typing a brand into the "Brand" area in the
left navigation to narrow your results. This feature automatically
pulls up the items from the pre-set list of brands that match what
you are typing. It's not actually filling in your words for you.

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12 Jul 2009 - 8:23am
Anonymous

I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with Sarah.

Auto fill - is the functionality provided by browser or some 3d party
plugins such as Google toolbar. This functionality let's you create
personal profile and store some of the frequently used details on
your PC (for example: First/Last name, phone numbers, email address
etc). Once you arrive at a web page that gathers such details, the
browser (or Google toolbar in our example) recognize this, and colors
the fields that can be "auto filled" in other color (by default -
pale yellow) to let you know that you can use the auto fill option.

The Type Ahead functionality is similar to Sarah's example, but by
default it wouldn't include any additional popups/windows/menus. The
classic example - is Google search. When you type in your keyword, the
system automatically pulls up options that may be relevant for your
search.

These are different behaviors and may be used together if you have
long list of options that do not appear in your user profile and thus
cannot be auto filled.

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13 Jul 2009 - 3:19am
Jeroen Elstgeest
2008

Is there a real difference between the 2 examples? In example 1 Google uses
a list with all keywords/sentences Google knows. Example 2 uses a smaller
list, but both of them are still lists. Google doesn't make words up
on-the-fly.

Auto-fill is what Julia says it is. Maybe you mean autocomplete?

But there is a difference in how you present the "Typing
ahead"-functionality:
- You can do it with a dropdownlistbox as in the browser searchbox (you
first have to perform an action (with your mouse) and then you can press
enter)
- You can do it with an auto complete (inline, you can click enter the
minute it matches your desired destination) as with what the Safari
addressbar does

Grtz Jeroen

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 3:30 PM, Sarah Weise <weise_sarah at bah.com> wrote:

> Typically, auto fill is when you type into a open-ended search box
> (google, for example) and it automatically guesses what you want to
> say as you type.
>
> Type ahead works slightly differently. Go to Endless.com, Click on
> "Womens", then start typing a brand into the "Brand" area in the
> left navigation to narrow your results. This feature automatically
> pulls up the items from the pre-set list of brands that match what
> you are typing. It's not actually filling in your words for you.
>
>
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13 Jul 2009 - 8:28am
Sarah Weise
2009

Sorry, I was describing autocomplete, not autofill

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