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TOPIC: iTunes view for searching/displaying results from database

 
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June 12, 2012 5:46 AM
I would like to suggest two improvements for the add food page.

The first would be to have a drop-down list which displays all the selectable foods which match what you type in the search box, in real-time. So that as you write more, the drop-down list is different. Then you could select one that you see immediately or just hit 'enter' or 'search' and display all the results which match the keywords. For an example of what I mean, please refer to http://www.dict.cc/ and just type something in the search box; you will see a drop down list.

The second suggestion pertains to what happens after you hit search. I would like an iTunes sort of view. Many fields which are in columns. The left-most column could be the food name. But you could have other important information such as 'relevance', '# confirmations', 'serving size' and even all the important nutritional information. I would like to be able to click a column and sort the results quickly by that column. As well, I would like a 'search within these results' which would update the results real-time as I type (just like iTunes). As it stands right now, the searching is very linear and cumbersome to compare the foods. I think this way would make things much more user-friendly.

Do you think these are good suggestions?
June 12, 2012 6:11 AM
I really like the idea of adding more information to the search results, with the ability to sort by different criteria - confirmations and serving size particularly.

One issue I keep having with the search may have to do with the relevance idea. I accidentally typed "raison" in 'Bakery on Main - Gluten Free Apple Raisin Walnut Granola' and got no hits. When I corrected my spelling to the correct "raisin", I found what I was looking for. I would think a search engine should find items close to what I'm looking for at least. This seems to crop up on recipe names, too - you have to get it just right in order to find it.
June 12, 2012 9:12 PM
Yes, I'm finding that kind of issue too. Great feedback. There could be an advanced search where you could put 'all of these words' and 'any of these words'. Having a real-time 'search within these results' would also help with this. Search algorithms are a slightly different topic; maybe you could start a new post with that one to give it more proper exposure?

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