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Do you use predictive-textboxes instead of normal combo or text boxes?
  v2.0 Posted at 25/02/2017 10:10 AM by Tiago Araujo

When getting users to choose data from a medium-long list, or to enter data that has been predefined (such as Country names), it is a good idea to use a predictive-text combo rather than normal combo or text boxes. A good implementation of predictive-text combos will also perform a type-ahead effect, providing the user with a richer experience.

Also, predictive textboxes can be used with validation, or without. In instances where you don't mind if users add data to your collection you can turn validation off; however, to keep your collection clean, it is recommended to use validation.

Incorrect use of data entry tools
Figure: Bad Example - Using a Textbox and Combo to enter list data
Good Example of predictive textboxes
Figure: Good Example - Predictive-Text combo with Type Ahead
Good Example of predictive textboxes
Figure: Good Example - Predictive-Text combo with and without validation

To see this in action try our Predictive-Text Combos demo.

google-predictive-search.png
Figure: Best Example - Google search ​

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