18 Mar 2013
15 Apr 2013
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Thanks for your time. I have looked at the auto-complete write-up a few times here: http://www.sitefinity.com/blogs/boyan-barnevs-blog-/2012/02/27/extending_sitefinity_search_functionality_-_autocomplete and while it looks promising I think this is something that would be good to offer as part of SiteFinity's native features, especially because not everyone working with SiteFinity as an administrator is an ASP.NET developer.
Many search users only have a vague idea what it is they are looking for and the best search engines all provide some asynchronous prompt in response as characters are entered. Offering auto-complete as a search widget option will help give SiteFinity a very marketable and more well-rounded search feature.
My $.02 is to add it as a checkbox option that can be turned on, like in the attached screenshot. If it is a JQuery UI control you might even offer additional settings when enabled, like arguments to pass for the number of suggestions, number of characters user must enter before calling the auto-complete script, etc. Those options might give a user turning on auto-complete some semblance of performance control.
Thanks for the consideration!