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Modern 3 and Autocomplete Test Build Available

Monday April 23rd, 2001

Asa Dotzler writes:
"For those of you who are interested in helping us test new features (or just like to get a sneak preview of things to come) there is an experimental Windows build with the new autocomplete widget and the new modern theme available at ftp.mozilla.org. Please post theme feedback and autcomplete issues here until it is checked into the trunk."

Joe Hewitt wants to also let folks know that the new skin is only half way done, and to be gentle on him...


#39 constructive autocomplete criticisms

by caseyperkins <caseyperkins@mindspring.com>

Tuesday April 24th, 2001 9:06 AM

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The are a couple of things about the new autocomplete that are improvements. It feels snappier, and I like the titles that accompany the URLS. **But** Most of the changes actually detract from usability. Showing all of the possible matches of the typed sting is counterproductive, if they are show in alphabetical order. Why? Because it hides some the most commonly used URLs, and shows me many URLs I never wish to visit again. For instance, I often visit the <http://www.washingtonpost.com> and read various news articles there. Most of those articles I never will return to, but I will return to <http://www.washingtonpost.com> (the main page) many times. So with the new autocomplete, I am given too many choices - clutter, basically. That clutter also serves to hide other URLs I use more often, such as webmail.netscape.com or <http://www.washingtontimes.com>, which I will now have to scroll past tons of junk to arrive at. By that time, I could have typed the URL. My suggestion is either sort with either most commonly used URLs appearing first, or to sort to show short paths first. Another possibility is that the longer URLs (such as the specific articles at washingtonpost.com) be shown only after a keyboard shortcut is pressed. Please do not eliminate Mozilla's previous autocomplete advantages over IE. IE does **NOT** always do things in the most optimal manner.