Plant Database forum: Autocomplete on searches

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Oct 12, 2011 11:52 AM CST
Don't forget to get at least SOME sleep each week!

I've noticed that it's rare, or almost unheard-of in Web applications, to find "autocomplete" spelling, or search boxes that would let you (for example) type "Sal" and see the list of genera that have those first three letters, add a "v" and jump to Salvia.

Is that just a bug, expensive chunk of software, or does it eat up too many server resources, or what? Not worth it? I know I'm very lazy when it comes to hitting keys!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Oct 12, 2011 11:55 AM CST

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Autocomplete isn't a big difficulty. We have auto complete enabled on some of the areas of the site here, especially tagging but that's only visible to the authors of articles.

Doing autocomplete on the search engine isn't going to get a high priority from me right now until a lot of the more urgent things get done.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Oct 12, 2011 4:02 PM CST
Understood, and it can't be very high priority when the 'workaround" is to just hit a few more keys and spell the word out, then hit "Search".

I think my biggest remaining "hold-my-breath-until-it-happens" feature or group of features would be features to support trading seeds and plants. And getting the Plant Database into near-fianl form surely comes before that.

One thing I'm starting to realize about seed trading is that many garden gurus have already filled their yards to overflowing, and really have no place to put some spiffy new seeds. Sometimes those with the most interesting things to trade have little need or desire TO trade!

I'm using that discovery to remind myself NOT to plant too many perennials. "Too many annuals" are self-correcting: next year those few square feet become available again!

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Oct 12, 2011 7:14 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I agree

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