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Friday February 18th, 2000

What *one* feature would you most like Mozilla to have by final release? If it's already on the slate to be in the final release, let us know why it's important to you. Just click the Responses link to join the conversation! Our forums are quite civil, and we'd love to hear your opinions.


#8 "Smart" Autocomplete

by au3 <au3@hotbot.com>

Friday February 18th, 2000 7:21 PM

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I'm not 100% sure how the autocomplete will work in Mozilla, but the current Netscape ac bothers me. First it's not fast enough, often I must wait for it to complete the url (after which I realize that it would have been faster to just type it out). Second, and most important, it's dumb. I cannot figure out how it chooses which url to show when they contain the same characters. (ie typing "go" and you've visited google.com and go.com) I've tried visiting the site I want to display on a new install, and it works for a while, but chooses another site after awhile. So it's not the first site visited and it's not the most (recently) visited url either. So I propose it should work by urls with the most visits are given a higher priority. Preferably the user should be allowed to specify what url is more preferable (maybe by holding shift and enter when going to the site marks a site as a best choice).I'm not 100% sure how the autocomplete will work in Mozilla, but the current Netscape ac bothers me. First it's not fast enough, often I must wait for it to complete the url (after which I realize that it would have been faster to just type it out). Second, and most important, it's dumb. I cannot figure out how it chooses which url to show when they contain the same characters. (ie typing "go" and you've visited google.com and go.com) I've tried visiting the site I want to display on a new install, and it works for a while, but chooses another site after awhile. So it's not the first site visited and it's not the most (recently) visited url either. So I propose it should work by urls with the most visits are given a higher priority. Preferably the user should be allowed to specify what url is more preferable (maybe by holding shift and enter when going to the site marks a site as a best choice). Or even specifing the order of ranking in pref.js (or Mozilla's equivalent).

-AU

(PS: some (mostly newer) users find ac extremely annoying, so don't forget an "off" option (preferences would be best place, since its mostly newer users who have this complaint))