Disable system-keyboard auto-suggest for Marketplace Search

RESOLVED FIXED in 2013-07-18


5 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: Harald, Assigned: cvan)


Gonk (Firefox OS)


(Whiteboard: p=1)



5 years ago
When typing in the search field words are suggested and auto-completed.

Current behaviour:
Searching for app names like "Tu.me" is painful when "tu" gets autocompleted to "tug" when typing the ".". I had to try and error until I noticed that backspace reverts the autocomplete.

Expected behaviour:
Disable auto-complete for the keyboard in the search field for a smooth type-and-search experience.

Autocompletion like Marketplace had it before for app names might also help to make it easier, but that is a different topic.

Marked as critical as it severely impacts the findability of specific apps when typing the name is a frustrating experience.
You're talking about the main search field on the site?

Is this something controlled by the app?  I assumed text input was controlled by the OS.  Even if it was possible to change in the app I don't think the argument above would outweigh all the people expecting the auto-correct to work.  Backspacing to revert autocomplete is standard on all implementations I know of.

Marketplace powered autocomplete is still the end goal, but the actual interaction is still being developed by UX.

I'm going to wontfix this.  If you're talking about a different search field or a different interaction that I'm not understanding feel free to reopen. Thanks.
Severity: critical → normal
Last Resolved: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX

Comment 2

5 years ago
Its not something that can be controlled in the app.

We don't target smartphone users, so backspace to revert is a pattern that our users need to discover first by trial and error.

On other devices like iOS and Android, system and store search fields are *not* having auto-suggestion enabled. Maybe we need to look into the Marketplace case to have an HTML5 attribute to control auto-suggestion.

As I have my doubts from experiencing search and getting blocked by auto complete; and seeing the same from others, I would make that a UX/UR bug to do research if auto-complete is an expected behavior that really helps users to find an app.
Resolution: WONTFIX → ---

Comment 3

5 years ago
Any input from UX on Comment 2?
Flags: needinfo?(msandberg)

Comment 4

5 years ago
I'm not able to replicate this on my Unagi device or on desktop. It is not autocompleting at all for me. Can you post a screenshot Harald?

Comment 5

5 years ago
Just to clarify: By autocomplete/autosuggest I mean the word suggestions coming from the keyboard and the autocorrection when finishing a word with space or punctuation.

Example: typing "tou" triggering suggesting "you" and corrects the word with "you" when typing space or punctuation. Tested on 1.1 Unagi.

Screenshot: http://grab.by/okga

Verify [Settings > Keyboard > Auto correction/Word suggestion]. I am unsure if Auto correction is on by default, but as I didn't switch it on I assume the default is On.
(In reply to Harald Kirschner :digitarald from comment #2)
> Its not something that can be controlled in the app.

What would be the right product/component for this?

Comment 7

5 years ago
Travis, please see the thread above and how apps need more fine-grained control over keyboard features like enabling/disabling word-suggestions and/or auto-correct.

The solution might be a new html5 input attribute autocorrect="no" or thinking about disabling auto correct for type="search" inputs; just to throw in 2 ideas.
Flags: needinfo?(tchoma)
Moving to consumer pages as this seems closer to where the change might need to take place (whatever the change may end up being).
Component: Search → Consumer Pages
(In reply to Rob Hudson [:robhudson] from comment #8)
> Moving to consumer pages as this seems closer to where the change might need
> to take place (whatever the change may end up being).

It's not a marketplace bug.  I'll guess at a more appropriate place for it
Component: Consumer Pages → Gaia
Product: Marketplace → Boot2Gecko
Version: 1.5 → unspecified
So disabling I don't think is the right solution here - this is 1.1 feature for the keyboard auto suggestion. What I think we need to do here instead is address the bugs associated with keyboard auto suggestion - we're still knocking out kinks here. I'm switching the title around to the problem cited in comment 0 and putting this into the keyboard component.
Component: Gaia → Gaia::Keyboard
Summary: Disable system-keyboard auto-suggest for Marketplace Search → Searching marketplace for Tu.me is painful since tu gets autocompleted to tug when typing .
David - Any thoughts here on what we could do better here for auto correct?
Flags: needinfo?(dflanagan)
Also - switching the needinfo for UX to the client-side UX team, as this handled by Jamie's team.
Flags: needinfo?(msandberg) → needinfo?(firefoxos-ux-bugzilla)
Disregard the needinfos now. I understand what Harald is asking for here.

HTML supports an attribute called autocorrect="off" to allow a text field to declare that they do not want auto correction not present. What Harald is asking for is to change the search field on marketplace to turn off auto correct, as search should not be taking advantage of auto-correct per Harald's concerns. If this is not implemented, then the auto correct feature we have enabled in 1.1 will become active during use of search on marketplace, which this bug is arguing against.

Bouncing back over to marketplace as such.

Code Example - http://www.quirksmode.org/html5/tests/inputs_attributes.html
Gaia Example - https://github.com/mozilla-b2g/gaia/blob/master/apps/homescreen/index.html#L94
Flags: needinfo?(tchoma)
Flags: needinfo?(firefoxos-ux-bugzilla)
Flags: needinfo?(dflanagan)


5 years ago
Component: Gaia::Keyboard → Consumer Pages
Product: Boot2Gecko → Marketplace
Summary: Searching marketplace for Tu.me is painful since tu gets autocompleted to tug when typing . → Disable system-keyboard auto-suggest for Marketplace Search
Version: unspecified → 1.0

Comment 14

5 years ago
Assignee: nobody → cvan
Last Resolved: 5 years ago5 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Whiteboard: p=1
Target Milestone: --- → 2013-07-18
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