[development] project module idea

Angie Byron drupal-devel at webchick.net
Thu Mar 16 22:13:59 UTC 2006

Adrian Rossouw wrote:
> Isn't the select project list a good example of a drop down that can be
> replaced by an
> ajax autocomplete textfield ?

Sorry, but -1.

It's a good idea in theory, but fails in any of the following scenarios:

1. People new to Drupal who don't know what that box is for and don't know the
specific names of projects will be totally confused on what to do with it.
2. When you forget the exact name of a project, you have to either a) futz
around trying different letters, or b) keep a copy of
http://drupal.org/project/Modules/cvs open
3. The above still won't help with projects like "Drupal.org maintenance" and
"Documentation" so there will be projects that are totally missed by people who
don't already know their exact name.

As Gerhard mentioned, Firefox (and Opera too) has the behaviour where when you
highlight the drop-down and press "dr" you're jumped down directly to the
"Drupal" project. I just checked and it looks like IE doesn't have this (so I
can see why that would get *really* annoying if that's what you're using). But
imo it's not worth killing the usability of the project selection mechanism for
the little browser that can't. ;P


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