Closed Bug 84708 Opened 22 years ago Closed 22 years ago
[RFE] Find dialog should allow emacs-style match-as-you-go
(SeaMonkey :: General, enhancement)
(Reporter: big.ears, Assigned: mpt)
This is a feature request that will (in my opinion) make the find tool a joy to use. As the summary says, the Find dialog should use an emacs-style match-as-you-go search style. The anticipated behavior is that when you start typing in the find dialog, the partial string is matched with each keystroke, and the appropriate location on the web page is highlighted and moved to. The 'Find again' can be enabled after the first match. This should probably be accompanied by a checkbox in the Find dialog that enables/disables this behavior, because although it a very subtle change, a user who is accustomed to the canonical find dialog--typing in a string and then presses the 'find' button--will end up finding the second instance of that string, rather than the first. (first will be matched when the last keystroke is complete, second will match when the find button is pressed.) From a UI perspective, this type of searching is incredibly useful for finding a string in a flat document. The main thing to recognize is that in the browser, the 'find' dialog is used to search through a single page, and thus is different from the search engine-type or database-type query, where the current style is more appropriate. (This may be more appropriate for the email/newsgroup find, but I'm not too sure about that either.) If a user can find the proper word in a few keystrokes, you should enable them to do so! Furthermore, with the current Find style, I can imagine many novice users treat the dialog more like a search engine, and enter too much information and receive null results, even when appropriate results actually exist.
22 years ago
Confirming this enhancement bug, as I think many people would find it useful; slightly modifiying the summary ("[RFE]" rather than "Feature Request") Also, a prefernce to say "always do Find this way" would be good.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Summary: Feature Request: Find dialog should use emacs-style match-as-you-go → [RFE] Find dialog should use emacs-style match-as-you-go
mpt/german: do you have a current spec that's able to grow to accomodate requests like this? and is there an RFE for highlight search? (and is anyone working w/ google on a port of their ie search tooblar)
Summary: [RFE] Find dialog should use emacs-style match-as-you-go → [RFE] Find dialog should allow emacs-style match-as-you-go
22 years ago
I agree entirely with the original report, except for this bit: > > This should probably be accompanied by a checkbox in the Find dialog that > enables/disables this behavior Since there wouldn't *be* a Find dialog, this wouldn't be possible.
22 years ago
This is a duplicate of bug 30088, but I don't have the permissions to mark it as such.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 30088 ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 22 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
19 years ago
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
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